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.
There is a great proverb that says “one generation plants the trees, another gets the shade”. Know that the work you are doing to support and strengthen the lives of the children in your care is an investment that will result in a stronger and more resilient group of adolescents and adults, who will be better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.
This is the third report issued by the RCY looking at the responsiveness and effectiveness of services to B.C.'s children and youth with special needs. (Previous reports: Nov. 2008 and Feb. 2008). [link to report pages]The report provides an overview of key changes to the system since June 2008.
This report reviews the Sexual Abuse Intervention Program, which provides a range of treatments and support services to children and youth who have been sexually abused, and to children under the age of 12 with sexual behaviour disorders.
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.
In spite of society’s increasing knowledge about its effects, children continue to be born after being exposed to high amounts of alcohol while in the womb.
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.