EMERGENCY CONTACTS

MCFD Emergency Contacts

For child protection concerns and emergencies call the Centralized Screening Team:

  • 604-660-4927
  • 1-800-663-9122

This office provides generalized MCFD child welfare services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you already have a social worker, that worker may be called directly at their local office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30.

Provincial ‘After Hours’ Foster Parent Support

After hours or on weekends and holidays, Foster Parent Support is provided by the Provincial Foster Parent Support Line toll-free at 1-888-495-4440, Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 12:45 am, and on weekends and statutory holidays from 8:00 am to 12:45 am.

If calling outside these hours leave a message and a staff member will return your call as soon as possible.

Helpline for Children

When it concerns child abuse, anyone can call the Helpline for Children … anytime, day or night. Simply dial “310-1234” (no area code needed).

Kids Help Phone

  • 1-800-668-6868

ADHD

ADHD child bill-of-rights

ADHD Lifespan Clinic BC – http://www.adhdlifespanclinic.ca/

Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance – http://www.caddra.ca/

Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada – http://www.caddac.ca/cms/page.php?212

Children and Adults with ADHD – http://www.chadd.org/

ADDitude – http://www.additudemag.com/index.html/

 

ALCOHOL & DRUGS

Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Line Lower Mainland

  • 604-660-9382
  • Outside Lower Mainland 1-800-663-1441

Worried about drug and alcohol use? Whether it’s for yourself or someone you care about, you can call them for information, options and support.

 

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

Ministry of Children and Family Development Website

For child protection concerns and emergencies call the Centralized Screening Team:

  • 604-660-4927
  • 1-800-663-9122

This office provides generalized MCFD child welfare services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you already have a social worker, that worker may be called directly at their local office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30.

Reporting Child Abuse

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (0-5 years)

For Burnaby families please visit the Kids in Burnaby website. This website includes an events calendar for programs and events around the Burnaby community, as well as links to other websites and community resources all related to children under the age of six.

For New Westminster families please visit the Kids New West website. This website includes an events calendar for programs and events around the New Westminster community, as well as links to other websites and community resources all related to children under the age of six.

 

DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

Anxiety BC Website

Handout – CalmBreathing

Youth on Depression and Anxiety

www.mindcheck.ca

Bullying is when someone does or says something to hurt someone else. It is always on purpose. Individuals can bully others, but so can groups. Either way, bullying is about making someone feel small and powerless. No one asks to be bullied, and no one deserves it. If you are a target, a bystander or if you are bullying others, Kids Help Phone can help.

Books

Children’s Book about Separation Anxiety

 

GRIEF

Handout –  Developmental Stages of Grief

 

MCFD

Ministry of Children and Family Development Website

For child protection concerns and emergencies call the Centralized Screening Team:

  • 604-660-4927
  • 1-800-663-9122

This office provides generalized MCFD child welfare services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you already have a social worker, that worker may be called directly at their local office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30.

Reporting Child Abuse

Legal duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect in BC

Fosterline

Fosterline 1-800 Support – BCFFPA Fosterline Support

Support and information for Foster Parents is available Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM by calling our support line number at 1-800-663-9999. Website – http://bcfosterparents.ca/foster-line

 

PARENTING

BC Federation of Foster Parents: 1 800 663-9999

Cell Phones for Kids – A Guide for Parents

Handouts

Links to Books:

http://www.drdansiegel.com/books/no_drama_discipline/

http://www.drdansiegel.com/books/the_whole_brain_child/2/

 

YOUTH RESOURCES

Burnaby Youth Clinic

604-293-1764

Provides free, drop-in, medical and counselling services for youth

Youth Against Violence Line

1-800-680-4264, www.youthagainstviolenceline.com

The Youth Against Violence Line is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for young people across BC to report crime or violent incidents, or to talk through any type of problem with a supportive person.

Covenant House Vancouver

Homeless, lost and afraid, more than 1,500 street–involved youth come to Covenant House Vancouver each year to find sanctuary and a brighter future.

Crisis Shelter 604-685-7474 or toll free at 1-877-685-7474, http://covenanthousebc.org/services/crisis-shelter

On any given night, there are between 500 and 1,000 homeless and at-risk youth on Vancouver’s streets. The majority of them have fled an abusive home, were abandoned by their parents, or were aged out of the foster care system at 19 with no family, no money and nowhere to go.

Covenant House’s Crisis Shelter takes in homeless, runaway and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 22.

At-risk and Sexually Exploited Youth

  • www.wtf411.ca – this is a website put out by Burnaby/New Westminster Task Force – it lists resources in the community
  • Preventing Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth
    – Provides information on programs run by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
  • textEd
    – Provides information and support designed to help youth know when “sexting” (sexually based texting) has crossed the line, and how to practise safe text messaging.
  • What’s the DEAL
    – Provides information about Internet safety for youth and how to avoid Internet exploitation or cyberbullying. The site is operated by the RCMP.
  • It’s Not What You Think: Sexually Exploited Youth in British Columbia (2008)
    – A research paper by the University of British Columbia Nursing School that explains why our stereotypes of sexually exploited youth are wrong, and suggests some ways for changing this situation.
  • Preventing Sexual Exploitation
    – An awareness program operated by the Canadian Red Cross.

Youth on Depression and Anxiety

www.mindcheck.ca

Bullying is when someone does or says something to hurt someone else. It is always on purpose. Individuals can bully others, but so can groups. Either way, bullying is about making someone feel small and powerless. No one asks to be bullied, and no one deserves it. If you are a target, a bystander or if you are bullying others, Kids Help Phone can help.

 

VICTIM SERVICES

VictimLink BC

  • 1-800-563-0808

Department of Justice Canada:

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/

Law, Crime and Justice BC:

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice

Victim Info:

http://www.victimsinfo.ca/

Court Preparation Websites:

www.coryscourthouse.ca

www.childcourtprep.com

www.courtprep.ca

www.courtchoices.ca

 

OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES

  • Kensington Medical Clinic: 604-299-9769
  • Poison Control Centre: 1-800-567-8911
  • Burnaby RCMP: 604-294-7922
  • Representative for Children and Youth: In BC call toll-free 1-800 -476-3933.
  • Ombudsman: In BC call toll-free 1-800-567-3247
  • Public Guardian and Trustee: In Vancouver call 604-660-4444.
    From elsewhere in BC call toll-free 1-800-663-7867.
  • Family Law in BC (March 2013)
  • 211 – Simply dial 211 for help finding community resources in the Lower Mainland! 211 is free, confidential, multilingual and available 24/7.