|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Children and Family Development
is my pleasure to present the 2002/03 Annual Service Plan Report
for the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
In 2002/03, all ministry activities continued to promote achievement
of the ministry's six strategic shifts, to enhance services in communities
for better outcomes for those we serve. Activities included shifts
in professional practice, such as use of kin and other agreements,
to enable a child needing protection to live with an adult close
to them when possible, to provide the least disruptive option available.
As well, work continued to increase family development services
and community-based supports to achieve better outcomes for children
Fiscal 2002/03 was a year filled with achievements and challenges.
I remain very encouraged by progress made in the transition of most
ministry services to community-based approaches. This progress has
been greatly bolstered by the positive input from thousands of staff,
clients, families, service providers and community representatives,
all dedicated to ensuring high-quality, community-based services
to vulnerable children, adults with developmental disabilities and
Each of the ministry's achievements in 2002/03 contributed to realizing
our vision of healthy children and families in safe, caring and
inclusive communities, such as:
- Cabinet approval of Canada's first comprehensive child and youth
mental health plan, to boost community services over the next
five years to serve thousands more children and youth with mental
disorders in their communities, to help them live healthier, fuller
- signing of a memorandum of understanding between government
and the province's Aboriginal leaders which led to the creation
of the Joint Aboriginal Management Committee and establishment
of five regional Aboriginal transition committees, to plan for
five regional Aboriginal child and family development authorities
to serve their communities within their own cultural context and
achieve better outcomes.
- passing of legislation to enable establishment of interim authorities,
to plan for the creation of 11 permanent authorities to deliver
services, with work on legislation to introduce permanent authorities
underway. Work towards creating this legislation marked one of
the most inclusive processes ever in the development of social
policy in Canadian history, with extensive input from individuals
and groups across the province.
- creation of an interim provincial authority for community living
services, Community Living BC, shaped by the community living
transition steering committee's work with staff, parents, clients
While 2002/03 brought about the challenges of preparing for upcoming
budget targets, I have confidence in the ability of the sector to
take on these challenges as they prepare to assume service delivery.
The transition to community-based approaches will continue to be
a collaborative effort to preserve high-quality services for those
in greatest need. We are on a path to ensure more responsive, local
and efficient service delivery that meets the needs of those vulnerable
citizens who require our services to help them achieve health and
well-being so that they can attain better outcomes in their lives.
The Honourable Gordon Hogg
Minister of Children and Family Development