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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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.
Any information gathered about you is confidential. While most of the Rep’s advocacy services are done over the phone, advocates can also come and meet you in person.
Advocacy is helping someone have their voice heard and making sure their rights are respected.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been the Rep since the Office first opened in 2007. She works to make sure that the rights and opinions of young adults with developmental disabilities in B.C. are valued first and foremost in decisions that impact them.