Children's Services Transfer to MCFD
On October 31, 2009, the transfer of children’s services from Community Living BC (CLBC) to the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) was completed. MCFD now has responsibility for a full range of intervention and support services for children and youth with special needs and their families.
MCFD, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and CLBC worked collaboratively to ensure the transfer was as smooth as possible. This included the successful transfer of contracts and staff, the availability of information and contacts for families, and no disruption in the delivery of services. The three organizations continue to work closely together during this post-transfer period to ensure ongoing service delivery and an effective planning process for the most vulnerable children and families, including youth who are transitioning to adulthood on or before June 30, 2010.
To assist families in accessing information, the MCFD website was updated on October 31, 2009, to reflect the full range of services and supports for children and youth with special needs as well as to make the website easier to navigate.
A new Cross-Ministry Transition Planning Protocol for Youth with Special Needs involving nine government organizations became effective November 1, 2009. The protocol is intended to promote a coordinated approach to supporting youth with special needs as they prepare for and enter adulthood.
The transfer of children’s services to MCFD provides an opportunity to examine how best to integrate services to ensure they are delivered in a more effective and coordinated manner within MCFD and with its partners in the health, education and social service sectors – in keeping with the goals and objectives of the cross-ministry Children and Youth with Special Needs Framework for Action.
MCFD Letters to parents, caregivers and service providers: