Children, Family and Community Service Act
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Who: The Ministry of Children and Family Development
What: Proposed reforms to child and family service legislation
Why: To promote prevention supports and keep children with their families, communities, and cultures
The purpose of this engagement was to:
- Seek broad feedback on the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA) to support systemic legislative reform
- Reach out to as many people as possible with diverse backgrounds and experiences to understand what the goals and priorities for reform should be
- Bring child welfare legislation into alignment with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (PDF, 150KB) (UNDRIP) and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act)
- Support further shifts in child welfare towards prevention and family preservation
Engagement activities included surveys, written and supplementary submissions, and 23 engagement sessions with Indigenous rightsholders, Indigenous partners, community service providers, and people with lived experience of the child and family service system.
Read the October 26, 2022 News Release.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has analyzed what we heard through these engagements and is pleased to share a What We Heard Report and an Executive Summary. MCFD was able to immediately action changes to child and family service legislation through the introduction of Bill 38: Indigenous Self-government in Child and Family Services Amendment Act. Further work is underway across MCFD to continue the reform of the child and family services system based on the feedback we have received.
To learn more about our ongoing work, visit our MCFD Transformation webpage.
Read the full What We Heard Report (PDF, 1MB)
Alderhill Planning has produced a summary report of the engagements they facilitated on MCFD’s behalf. This document was developed by Alderhill Planning and may not reflect the views of the ministry.