Press Releases & Public Statements
NEW PRESS RELEASE - Oct 4, 2021
Urgent Transformation Required for Youth in Care
Youth in care cannot afford a post-pandemic “return to normal”. The Equitable Standards for Transitions to Adulthood for Youth in Care, outlined in the report published today, present longer-term solutions to which government and service providers must be held to ensure that youth in care are afforded equitable support and conditions to thrive - and not struggle to survive.
PRESS RELEASE - Sep 3, 2020
Some young people are planning for back to school. Others fear losing housing and services in a pandemic
On the heels of the report released by A Way Home Canada, the National Council of Youth in Care Advocates is urging governments to extend moratoriums on youth transitions out of child welfare and to co-design a Canada-wide response to support youth.
OPEN LETTER - May 6, 2020
Who’s checking in on youth in the justice system?
CWLC and child rights advocates express concern for the safety of children deprived of their liberty in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the Open Letter that was sent to federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Justice.
To read the Technical Note on Children Deprived of their Liberty, published by the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, click here.
OP-ED - Dec 21, 2018
Bayes and Gouin: Poverty reduction measures should reach Canada’s most vulnerable kids, but they’re not
Rachel Gouin, Executive Director of the CWLC, and Shawn Bayes, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver published an op-ed calling on the federal government to ensure poverty reduction measures reach children who are most vulnerable.
GUIDANCE NOTE - Feb 4, 2021
Reaching out to and supporting children and youth with disabilities and their families during COVID-19
This new publication provides guidance on how front-line practitioners, foster families, alternative caregivers, and governments can help create the conditions for hope and love to shine through this difficult moment and into a brighter, more equitable future for all.
PRE-BUDGET BRIEF - Aug 4, 2020
CWLC's 2020 Pre-Budget Brief
CWLC has submitted a pre-budget brief to the federal government’s Standing Committee on Finance including recommendations on how to make sure that children, youth and families needs are meet during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to improve youth transitions out of care. Read the brief here:
PRESS RELEASE - Jun 16, 2020
Resources assist health-care and social service providers to help those who experience family violence
The Violence Evidence Guidance Action (VEGA) project launches an online platform to assist health-care and social service providers in recognizing and responding safely to family violence. Click here to read the full release.
PRESS RELEASE - Apr 20, 2020
Legislation that could severely and negatively impact the rights of children in Manitoba deserves fulsome study
A joint press release with VOICES: Manitoba’s Youth in Care on Bill-34 - The Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act.
PRESS RELEASE - Nov 21, 2019
Standing with First Nations children should be the first thing on the list for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General today
Press release asking the Honourable David Lametti to develop a plan for children, youth, and families to access compensation.
PRESS RELEASE - Mar 8, 2019
The Child Welfare League of Canada and the Canadian Association of Social Workers Welcome New Direction on Indigenous Child Welfare
A joint press release with the Canadian Association of Social Workers on new direction on Indigenous child welfare. Read the full release here:
NEW PRESS RELEASE - Mar 11, 2021
A Year Out and Youth are Still "Aging Out"
On the heels of Ontario's announcement about extended moratoriums on youth transitions out of #childwelfare, the National Council of Youth in Care Advocates asks all governments to take action.
REPORT - Oct 20, 2020
A Long Road Paved with Solutions
Under the leadership of Dr. Melanie Doucet, the National Council of Youth in Care advocates has released key recurring recommendations on ‘aging out’ of care that have been put forward by youth in and from care, advocates and researchers from across the country since the late 1980s.
PRESS RELEASE - Jun 23, 2020
Aging out in a pandemic: this isn’t over!
Quick action allowed youth who would have ‘aged out’ of child welfare to shelter in place and access services. Moratoriums should be in place until COVID-19 ends. Young leaders from care want to co-develop a plan for youth to transition in safety and dignity. Read the updated press release here:
BRIEF - May 31, 2020
Expanding Role and Reach: A Community-Based Child Welfare Response to
This article is the result of a series of rapid research reviews conducted by Carolyn Oliver for child welfare and family-serving agencies in British Columbia, Canada during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read the brief and access the full document here.
POSITION PAPER - Mar 2019
Our commitment to ensuring that First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families live in safety, dignity and respect
CWLC position paper to help guide our future actions and to provide clarity on our intention to promote reconciliation and champion the rights of First Nation, Inuit, Métis children regardless of their status or where they live in Canada.
Be the Best Parent You Can Be -Why Positive Discipline Works
A pamphlet with ideas on how to:
• Be the best parent you can be.
• Manage your child’s behaviour in a positive and healthy way.
• Understand your child.
• Use the 3 Rs: Respect, Responsibility and Response as a parenting guide.
• Understand why parenting without violence has long-term positive results.