Weekly Update Blog

In a fast-paced sector constantly changing, our members need regular information and updates on policy changes, government priorities, research, and program updates. That’s why our Executive Director posts a sector update each week for all of our members. Those posts appear here the following week.

COVID-19: Updates, Supports & Resources for Federation Members

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we are doing our very best to keep Federation members informed and up-to-date. We are in constant communication with our members, government colleagues, and sector allies and will continue to share updates and information regularly. Last week, we heard directives from the Provincial Health Officer that community social services should […]

COVID-19 Update for Members

As many of you know, events are being cancelled, businesses are closing, and BC’s top doctor, Dr. Bonnie Henry, is urging people to follow directions regarding hand hygiene, social distancing, and self-quarantine. Given the frequent updates and nature of these precautions, we wanted to let our members know what we are doing on their behalf […]

Training Opportunities for Fed Members 

Last fall, The Federation launched a new program for our members—an ongoing series of regional training opportunities across the province. It is something we have wanted to do for a long time, in part because of our commitment to being a truly provincial organization and because we recognize the challenges many of our members face […]

The Federation’s Award for Excellence

Last week, I spoke about the Federation’s Youth Education Bursary and the way that it serves to welcome young people into our sector and our work. Today, I want to talk about our Award for Excellence and the related purpose it serves—recognizing and thanking the people and organizations who are going above and beyond to […]

Youth Education Bursary Applications

Many of you already know that the idea behind The Federation’s Youth Education Bursary actually came from Federation members, not the board of directors or staff team. But what you may not know is that the creation of the bursary was inspired by two different, but related intentions that still exist today. The primary and […]

Federation Research Bulletin: February 2020

This month’s research bulletin includes new articles and reports about foster and kinship care, the needs of young parents in care, public perceptions of child protection work, intimate partner violence, and the use of child welfare data systems. The well being of foster and kin carers: A comparative study Practitioner and foster carer perceptions of […]

An Important Leadership 2020 Update

In November, The Federation’s 13th cohort of Leadership 2020 graduates completed the program. They joined the ranks over 400 alumni from across BC who have participated since 2011. Around the same time, we started to plan The Federation’s initiatives and resource allocation for this upcoming year. As part of that work, The Federation staff team […]

A new year at The Federation: Changes & Opportunities

1. Our continuing mission… For many of us, the beginning of a new year is an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve come from and where we want to go in the months ahead. Over the past twelve months, we experienced a number of significant changes at The Federation and, through a lot of hard […]

Federation Research Bulletin: January 2020

This month’s research bulletin includes new articles and reports about intimate partner violence and parenting, social workers’ competence around intimate partner violence, disclosures of child abuse, inter-generational involvement in child protective services, and an in-depth comparison of child welfare assessment tools. Keeping it together for the kids: New mothers’ descriptions of the impact of intimate […]

Federation Research Bulletin: November 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes new articles and reports about services and supports for children with neuro-diverse special needs, outcomes for children in care, young adults aging out of care, Facebook and social work practice, and child protection theories. SSCCY report Children and Youth with Neuro-Diverse Special Needs (2019) Children in care: Where do children […]