Statements of Position  

Dec. 18, 2013

Aug. 30, 2012


July 19, 2012
To view the Representative's Statement, please click here.  To view the backgrounder, please click here.

April 18, 2012

The Representative’s statement on the Federal Court Decision on Human Rights Tribunal Complaint Child Welfare Services – First Nations Children. To view the statement click here

Aug 2, 2011
The Representative for Children and Youth is encouraged that the Ministry of Children and Family Development will expand the screening of families in the Child in the Home of a Relative program.
To view the statement from the Representative, please click here.

July 20, 2010
The Representative for Children and Youth welcomes many of the changes reflected in the White Paper on Family Relations Act Reform released on July 19, 2010. Changes that support hearing the views of children and youth in decisions that will affect their lives and better protection for children who are victims of domestic violence are necessary to create a rigorous system in B.C.
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June 6, 2007
B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth is officially endorsing the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth. The Joint Statement is a project of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and a coalition of Canadian child and family serving organizations. It is aimed at raising awareness of the harmful effects of physical punishment.
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March 2012

Social Work Week 2012

The Representative Honours Social Workers during Social Work Week.

Oct. 1, 2011

 Foster Family Month

The Representative commemorates Foster Family Month.

 Sept. 9, 2011

 FASD Awareness Day

The Representative reflects on FASD Awareness Day 2011.


Aug. 12, 2011

Representative recognizes International Youth Day 2011


May, 2011

B.C. Youth In Care Week

The Representative's statement reflecting on the first ever Child and Youth in Care week.


April 5, 2011

Child Abuse Prevention Day

The Representative Acknowledges National Child Abuse Prevention Day.


November 19, 2010 

The Representative Celebrates National Child Day
November 20th is National Child Day. The date celebrates the occasion when Canada adopted the United Nations on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

November 1, 2010 

 Adoptive Families Give the Gift of New Lives

Not only do Adoptive parent change individual lives, but they also strengthen the fabric of our society and our communities. 
September 9, 2010 

Representative Celebrates Foster Parents

 In honour of Foster Family month, I offer my personal thanks to B.C.'s foster parents, for their hard work and dedication to the young people they are helping.
September 9, 2010 

 FASD Awareness is Key to Prevention

 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day is an important part of the push to end this preventable disability. It is absolutely essential to increase awareness of FASD, of the danger of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, and of the need to support children with FASD.
November 1, 2009 

 Representative Commends Adoptive Parents

 In honour of Adoption Awareness month, I wish to thank our province’s adoptive families for the commitment they have made to some of our most vulnerable children. The stability you provide for your children paves the way for them to become the successful contributing members of society they deserve to be.
September 8, 2009  

Representative Acknowledges Child Abuse Prevention Day in B.C.

In acknowledgement of Child Abuse Prevention Day in British Columbia, the Representative for Children and Youth calls for a focus on prevention, and also for support for the child welfare professionals in the province who commit themselves so fully to the protection of our vulnerable children and youth.
March 9, 2009 

Representative Honours B.C.'s Social Workers during Social Work Week, March 9-15th, 2009.

 On the occasion of Social Work Week in British Columbia, the Representative for Children and Youth commends the province's social workers for their dedication and commitment to the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable young citizens and their families.
September 9, 2009 

Representative Marks International FASD Day

Nine is the critical number as we mark International FASD Awareness Day today. The ninth day of the ninth month is recognized around the globe to increase awareness of children born at a disadvantage because their mothers drank during pregnancy. Just nine months of alcohol avoidance during pregnancy gives a child an opportunity for a full and healthy life in which he or she can fulfill potential.
August 12, 2009 

Representative Celebrates International Youth Day

 On this day 10 years ago, the United Nations declared August 12 to be International Youth Day. Today's society is the youngest ever, with about 50 per cent of the world's population aged 25 years or under. More than at any time in our history, youth action, inclusion, and full participation are integral to planning the future.
Nov. 1, 2008 

Representative Acknowledges Adoptive Parents

 In honour of Adoption Awareness month, B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth thanks our province’s adoptive families for their courage, commitment and compassion.
October 1, 2008 

Representative Celebrates Foster Family Month

  I would like to take this opportunity to offer my personal thanks to all foster parents in B.C., in honour of Foster Family month. The safe harbour you provide for children is tremendously important in their lives, as well as to society as a whole, and I commend you for your efforts.
March 10, 2008 

Representative honours social workers during National Social Work Week, Mar 10-15th

As we celebrate National Social Work Week across the country, I offer my personal thanks to each and every frontline social worker in this province and throughout the country who works diligently to try to keep our most precious resource, our children, safe from harm and to support the interests of vulnerable children and their families each and every day.