News Topics: Children and Youth in Care


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First Call Annual Fundraising Gala with Grand Chief Ed John coming up February 1!

First Call’s annual fundraising gala is on the horizon! The gala is an opportunity to celebrate our child and youth advocacy, thank all those who generously support the work of First Call, and raise much-needed funds to ensure we can continue advocacy to put BC’s children and youth first. We MORE


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Family’s experience renews call to action on child and youth mental health in BC

A BC family has issued a desperate call for more supports for their mentally ill child and their family, highlighting research and a recent call to action issued by BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, called Missing Pieces: Joshua’s Story. The Potma family has cried foul about a lack of support services for MORE


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First Call’s 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Data in the First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 21, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five, or 18.3%, of our children living in poverty. Other key findings from the 2015 data include: This represents 153,300 children under age 18, a decrease MORE


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New Métis children and family services provider in Kamloops

BC’s minister for children and family development Katrine Conroy says Kamloops group Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services will take over responsibility for Métis children and family services in the area according to a recently released government press statement. Minister Conroy says the government is transferring child-protection authority to MORE


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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Looking for action to change BC’s child poverty story

Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic living expenses. One in five of our children still lives in poverty. Using the MORE


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First Call budget submission: child care, poverty, education, foster youth

First Call’s budget submission to the provincial Finance Committee for the 2018 budget makes 23 specific recommendations covering early childhood, public education, poverty reduction, supports and services for vulnerable children, youth and families and post-secondary education. Some highlights are: Redesign the BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit into a BC Child MORE