Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability affecting individuals and communities across B.C.
Life is challenging for those living with FASD and they often face a wide range of physical, mental, behavioural and learning challenges which are not always obvious to others. Formal diagnosis and treatment options are not widely available.
The Representative for Children and Youth issued this statement today following the Honourable Mary McNeil’s announcement:
Minister McNeil has made a significant contribution during her tenure as Minister of Children and Family Development. She has brought effective leadership and stability to this important portfolio. I am thankful for our respectful and productive working relationship, and the frank, open and frequent discussion on important and emerging issues.
Every year at this time a special day reminds us of our responsibility to the world’s youth. Nearly 13 years ago, the United Nations declared August 12 as International Youth Day to recognize the challenges that youth around the world face.
As B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth, I have a mandate to advocate for the young people of this province, and a commitment to let youth know they have a voice and that we are listening.
The Representative’s letter to all of B.C.’s members of Parliament and senators in support of Marc Garneau’s private member’s bill, An Act to establish the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young Persons in Canada.
In 2008, the Government of British Columbia began the process of developing a new child welfare information system. Called Integrated Case Management (ICM), the system was to be user-friendly, provide for improved information flow and use of evidence for decision making.
The April 2008 Capital Project Plan for ICM states that the new system will “enable ministry staff to spend more time working directly with clients and less time on data entry, locating paper files and other administrative tasks.”