Aboriginal Children in Care – Report to Canada’s Premiers

The Aboriginal Children in Care Working group recently released its Aboriginal Children in Care Report to Canada’s Premiers.

aboriginal youth in careThe report highlights the fact that Aboriginal children are vastly over-represented in child welfare systems across Canada. In August 2014, Canada’s premiers directed the provinces and territories to work with Aboriginal communities in their respective jurisdictions to share information on local solutions, and acknowledged the need for governments and Aboriginal communities to work collectively to address this Canada-wide problem.

The report to Canada’s premiers provides examples of existing programs and services that have been shown to reduce the number of Aboriginal children in child welfare systems and (or) improve outcomes for Aboriginal children in care. The report highlights a number of issues and challenges, and profiles some best and promising practices along three strategic child welfare themes: (i) root causes of abuse and neglect; (ii) prevention and early intervention strategies for Aboriginal families; and (iii) better supporting the capacity of the child welfare workforce. Appendix B in the report contains a useful compilation of statistics on Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

In spite of existing programming, Aboriginal children still vastly outnumber non-Aboriginal children in care on a proportional basis. These statistics underscore the need to continue to work together to support vulnerable Aboriginal families and children and to change the outcomes for future generations.

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