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BC Ministry of Children and Family Development

The Ministry works together with Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, Aboriginal service partners and approximately 5,400 contracted community social service agencies and foster homes, cross-government and social sector partners to deliver inclusive, culturally respectful, responsive and accessible services that support the well-being of children, youth and families.

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Extended Family Program

When circumstances prevent a child from living with their parents, the preferred option is for the child to be with someone they know. The Extended Family Program offers services and financial supports to help improve ...
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Responding to Child Welfare Concerns: Your Role in Knowing When and What to Report

Booklet explains when to report child abuse and neglect, and what to report. Includes what child abuse and neglect is, warning signs, what to do if a child tells you about the abuse, and what to do if you suspect abuse. ...
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Permanent Transfer of Custody of a Child to Someone Familiar in BC

When a temporary placement for a child is not possible, the alternative could be transferring custody to the caregiver by adoption or a court order. This page briefly describes the conditions, guardian's ...
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Know Your Rights: A Guide for Young People in Care

All young people in the care of the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development have rights under the law. This guide explains what your rights are. It also describes what you can do if you feel your rights are not ...
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Reporting Child Abuse

Information about where to report child abuse, the duty to report abuse and suspected abuse, how to report, what to report, and what happens next.
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Youth Agreements

Provides information about how to apply for a legal agreement between a youth (16 - 18 years old) and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help the youth live independently.
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Adoptions

Provides information about adoption options available in BC. Includes how to adopt a child, placing your child for adoption, how to access adoption records, and reunion services.
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Options for Parents and Families: Collaborative Planning and Decision-Making in Child Welfare

This two-page booklet briefly describes different kinds of shared decision-making, and some of the ways that you can be involved in planning when a child welfare worker has concerns about your child’s safety.
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Protecting Children - Your Role as a Relative

Provides information about what you can do if there is a child protection concern in your family & contacts for getting legal help. It also explains your role as a relative in a child abuse case, such as being involved ...
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Keeping Kids Safe

Provides information about definitions of child abuse according to the law, warning signs of child abuse, and what to do when a child tells you about it. Includes tips about keeping children safe and where to get help.
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