Office of the Children’s Advocate
The mission of the Office of the Children’s Advocate is to ensure the voices of children and youth involved with the child welfare system are heard. As an independent office, we advocate for systemic change for the benefit of children and youth under The Child and Family Services Act and The Adoption Act.
As an Independent office of the Legislative Assembly, the mandate of the Office of the Children’s Advocate is to represent, other than as legal counsel, the rights and interest of children receiving or entitled to receive services under Manitoba’s Child and Family Services Act and The Adoption Act.
- The Children’s Advocate may in writing authorize any person to perform any of the duties or exercise any of the powers of the children’s advocate except the power of delegation and the power to make reports;
- The Office of the Children’s Advocate in carrying out its function is tied to best interest provisions of both The Child and Family Services Act and The Adoption Act. The best interests of the child shall be given paramount consideration in ail activities carried out by Office of the Children’s Advocate staff when representing a child;
- Review, investigate and report on matters relating to the welfare and interests of children who receive or are entitled to receive services under The Child and Family Services Act or The Adoption Act, and make reports to the referral source as may be required;
- Advise the Minister of Family Services and Labour on matters relating to the welfare and interests of children and youth who receive or are entitled to receive services under both Acts;
- Conduct a review of services following the death of a child who was in the care of, or had been receiving services from an Agency under The Child and Family Services Act within one year before their death, or whose parent or guardian received services within the year preceding the death. This includes the potential review of other publicly funded social services and mental health and addictions services being provided to the child and/or family;
- Review systemic matters either by request of the Minister or at the discretion of the Children’s Advocate;
- Submit an annual report to the Legislature and to make an in-person presentation to the Legislative Assembly Standing Committee within 60 days of the release of the annual report.
Provision of services includes:
Art. 20 — Convention on the Rights of the Child