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Two-Tier Child Welfare System Hurts Indigenous Children, Says Watchdog – The Tyee

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 2017323 Views

‘Urgent need’ to revamp system plagued by overworked staff, insufficient funding.

Indigenous children, mostly on reserves, are being taken into care because provincial and federal underfunding creates a two-tiered child welfare system and fails to provide prevention services, according to a report from the Representative for Children and Youth released Thursday.

More than 60 per cent of the approximately 7,000 B.C. children and youth in care are Indigenous; they are almost 17 times more likely to end up in care.

While more than half of Indigenous children in care who live off reserve receive support directly from Ministry of Children and Family Development agencies, 1,900 Indigenous kids receive services from one of 23 “Delegated Aboriginal Agencies” (DAAs) in the province, mandated by the ministry to serve Indigenous children and families. Most are funded by the provincial and federal governments.

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