The Representative for Children and Youth supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child-serving system.
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Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is B.C.’s first Representative for Children and Youth. She was appointed in 2006, and was re-appointed for a second five-year term in 2011.
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First, discuss your concerns with the team leader. If the problem persists, each region has a Dispute Resolution Office you can call to submit a formal complaint. Contact us for information, advice and support on the process.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the dispute resolution process, you have the option of taking your complaint to the Office of the Ombudsperson. Contact us for more information and assistance in using this process.
Contact us to learn more about youth agreements and how they work. We can help you figure out why you were not eligible and can help you talk to the people who made the decision so they know how you feel.
The Rep can't step in and change a decision that has been made about you, but we can help you get your views heard and considered with the people who can make those decisions. You have a right live somewhere you feel safe, so if you do not feel safe in your new foster home, please contact us.