I would like to extend my gratitude to the workers in the child-serving system marking Social Work Week March 5-11. I encourage everyone to reflect on the work of social workers and their dedication and commitment to the safety and well-being of the children and youth in British Columbia.
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.
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.
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.