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A New Role for B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth

Summary: 
The BC Representative for Children and Youth has expanded their mandate to address youth with developmental disabilities up to age 24. The Representative's office is distributing the following message to people who may be affected by this expansion. Please see below:

Until now, my Office has advocated for children and youth up to the age of 18.

As of Sept. 30, 2013, my Office will also advocate for young people ages 19-24 who:

  • are eligible to receive services from Community Living BC (CLBC) and
  •  who received an MCFD-related service within 15 months before they turned 19

For these young adults and their families, our staff will provide information or advice, or advocate on their behalf about government services or programs. Anyone can contact my Office to find out if we may be able to help.

This new role will allow my Office to help youth during their transition to the adult service system, which is often a difficult change.

For more information or to contact an advocate, please visit www.rcybc.ca or call the Rep Line at 1-800-476-3933.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen-Turpel Lafond

B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth