Indigenous girls, failed by MCFD, are going missing in the child welfare system

 By Anna McKenzie  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Days after International Missing Children’s Day, I revisited a recent report issued by the province’s Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) about missing children in government “care.” Alarmingly, Jennifer Charlesworth’s research suggests that nearly 470 children in care are reported missing to B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) one or more times each month. “ RCY’s office regularly reviews stories of children who are missing, and engages with young people before and after they are found,” reads her report, in part. “What we have learned is that many are fleeing systems that don’t provide adequate care, protect their rights and identity, and listen and respond to their need for belonging.” Charlesworth goes on to detail how this disproportionately affects Indigenous girls…

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