In 2019, the Spotlight: Child Welfare collaborative journalism project published a report revealing that the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) was failing to meet the basic requirements for children in their care. The MCFD looks after about 6,500 children. In about 40% of these cases, the MCFD gave itself a failing grade. In addition, social workers were not assessing potentially urgent calls for protection quickly enough or completing safety assessments on time. This can result in vulnerable children being left in harmful situations. Some of these children may have legal claims against the MCFD.
I have had the honour of representing many children with claims against the MCFD. These cases involve a tremendous amount of work and often the analysis goes back many years. The most common case is where a child was not removed from their parents when they should have been. The resiliency of these children never ceases to impress me. They inspire me as a lawyer and as a person. These cases are some of the most rewarding ones I have handled.
If you think you may have a claim, I would be happy to speak with you.