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Editorials and Submissions
Nov 1, 2011

A submission from the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA), titled Aboriginal Children – Canada Must Do Better: Today and Tomorrow, for review in by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in a 2012 session.

Editorials and Submissions
Oct 31, 2011

An opinion-editorial submission by the Representative and the minister in honour of adoption awareness month.

Editorials and Submissions
Oct 27, 2011

The Representative’s submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights respecting Bill C-10 (Youth Criminal Justice Act amendments)

Legislative Reports
Oct 6, 2011

The Representative for Children and Youth Act requires that the Act be reviewed by the Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth within five years of coming into force. As part of that process, the Representative for Children and Youth was invited to provide a written submission and make a presentation to the Committee on Oct. 6, 2011. The Representative also made a final submission on February 15, 2012.

Statements
Oct 1, 2011

October is Foster Family Month, the perfect time to honour the many people who are making a difference in the lives of children and youth and helping them build brighter futures.

Foster families provide a safe and secure environment to foster children in transition, from infants to teenagers, making a lasting commitment, often years long. When children are removed from their homes, many have experienced difficult times and are scared and wary. Earning their trust can be a slow process, but connections are important for all children and youth.

Legislative Reports
Sep 26, 2011

This report provides an overview of the Office's work on behalf of the vulnerable children and youth of B.C. over the past year.

CID Reviews and Investigations
Sep 13, 2011

This report looks into the chaotic life and unexpected death of a four-month-old First Nations infant. It identifies troubling inadequacies in planning, case management and decision-making, and makes recommendations to address gaps in how government and delegated Aboriginal agencies work together, and in how courts assess potential caregivers.

Statements
Sep 9, 2011

Today is a day to reflect on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, an entirely preventable, invisible affliction that leaves those born with it facing life-long challenges and frequently living marginalized lives.

FASD is caused by mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Health Canada estimates that approximately nine in every 1,000 infants are born with FASD. Brain damage can include problems with learning, memory, attention, problem solving, vision and hearing. Those with FASD may not understand social situations, and their behaviour can be seen as challenging.

Statements
Aug 12, 2011

International Youth Day is held on August 12th of every year to celebrate the achievements of the world’s youth and to encourage their participation in positive contributions to society. It is also a day to reflect on the challenges facing youth today, and what progress we are making in British Columbia to address them.

Statements
Aug 2, 2011

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has announced that it will be expanding the screening of families participating in the Child in the Home of a Relative (CIHR) program to include those families accepted prior to December 2007.

I am pleased and deeply encouraged that the Ministry is taking this step to help ensure the safety and well-being of all children and youth in the CIHR program.

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