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.

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STATEMENT

CWLC Statement on Racism

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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.

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GUIDANCE NOTE - Jun 17, 2020

Maintaining connections for children and youth in the context of COVID-19

A guidance note prepared by the Child Welfare League of Canada with the expert advice of youth in care networks, service providers, and researchers. Read it here:

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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.

PRESS RELEASE - Mar 23, 2020

No youth should age out of care, shelter or service in a pandemic

Joint press release asking the government to ensure youth do not age out of care, shelter or services during a pandemic.

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BRIEF - May 28, 2019

An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, youth and families

CWLC releases a brief that provides an update on Bill C-92 - an Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families - what has been said, and what's next.

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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.

ANNUAL REPORT - Mar 11, 2021

2019-2020 Annual Report

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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.

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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:

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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. 

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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.

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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:

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PAMPHLET

Discipline without hurting

Encouraging good behaviour: information for parents of young children.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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BRIEF - May 31, 2020

Expanding Role and Reach: A Community-Based Child Welfare Response to

COVID-19

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.

PRESS RELEASE - Mar 20, 2020

In the time of COVID-19, more is needed to care for vulnerable children

CWLC and Campaign 2000 release statement on COVID-19, asking the government to  support children wherever they are.

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STATEMENT - Jun 27, 2019

Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Calls for Justice

Read CWLC’s Statement on the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Calls for Justice.

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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.

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PAMPHLET

Be the Best Parent You Can Be -Why Positive Discipline Works

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.