Opinion: Time to give teeth to B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth

I agree. Click here or on the pdf file to read the full article or read an excerpt below.


B.C. is fortunate to have a formal office to advocate for children, but its mandate is only to monitor and report, which is weak and ineffectual.

As a former foster child, an adoptee, a former foster parent, and an adoptive parent of a B.C. child I am horrified how the rights of children in care have been systematically ignored.

The cost of business as usual is too high for foster kids. Giving the representative some teeth might create checks and balances to ensure children’s rights are enhanced and protected.

Eric Mazzi is a Vancouver parent whose interest in helping children in care is rooted in lifelong experience with foster care and adoption. eric.mazzi@gmail.com

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