Working with MCFD

Like any long-term relationship, the one between The Federation and MCFD has had a series of ups and downs over the years. People, priorities, and policies have changed and then changed again. There have been some successes and there have been disappointments. But lately, there have been noticeably more successes than not. And there a ...Read More

Training & Learning Opportunities

One thing we hear a lot from members is the need for local training opportunities—especially from those members that aren’t based in the south-west corner of the province. This is something we have been wanting to provide for a while and I am very excited to announce that the time has come. Workshops focused on the follo ...Read More

Federation Research Bulletin: October 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes new articles and reports about preventing child neglect and maltreatment, family preservation, foster parent training and supports, care proceedings, recurring interactions with the family justice system, parenting programs, and service delivery team leadership. Heed Neg ...Read More

Issues, Advocacy, and Election Resources

This week we are sharing info about a new section of The Federation website devoted to tracking the issues and advocacy efforts we’re working on and providing Federation members some poster resources to encourage voting in the upcoming federal election. 1. Issues and Advocacy Efforts This week we are launching a new page ...Read More

Federation Research Bulletin: September 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes articles and reports about adoption, permanency, child protection case management, family preservation, women fleeing abuse, housing needs of women fleeing violence, and mobility and work spaces in child protection and social work. BC Adoption & Permanency Options ...Read More

The Research to Practice Network: Mental Health Literacy and Community Social Service Practice

Last year, The Federation re-launched our Research to Practice Network with two popular short articles on street-involved youth and gender-based violence. This month, we are excited to share another piece of learning prepared specifically for those working in the social care sector. Mental Health Literacy & Social Service ...Read More

The MCFD/Federation October Conference in Richmond

There is very little The Federation undertakes that we do truly on our own. A commitment to working collaboratively is woven through our strategic plan and our values for good reason—the complex issues we face demand strategies that include collective wisdom, strong partnerships, diverse experiences, a ...Read More

Federation Research Bulletin: August 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes articles and reports about Indigenous child mental health, cross-sector collaboration and interventions, legal approaches to family preservation, the effect of supportive housing on child welfare, and the changing nature of social work. Working together to improve the men ...Read More

The Community Social Services Health & Safety Council

A few weeks ago in this space, I introduced to Federation members a new initiative to support BC’s community social services sector—a health and safety council. Many other sectors and industries have long had such health and safety bodies (e.g., hospitality, home care, forestry). Now, after many years ...Read More

Advocacy and Opportunities: The New Social Sector Roundtable

Over the past few years, one of the most intentional and important areas of focus for The Federation has been the strength and sustainability of the community social services sector. Earlier this year, many were taken by surprise when government funding for wages negotiated under the most rece ...Read More