SUPPORT WORKERS survey — are families getting the support they need?
The Ministry of Children and Family Development in B.C. says it “supports vulnerable children and families, emphasizing the principles of early intervention and prevention to keep families together.”

The Spotlight: Child Welfare journalism team is digging into this claim. We are investigating the different financial supports and services that are available to parents, extended family members and foster parents. We’d like to know if people are getting the support and services they need to care for their kids. And we’re exploring the connection between poverty and child apprehensions.

We have created four surveys — one for parents, one for extended family caregivers, one for foster parents and one for people who are working to support families in some way — because we’d like to understand where different people are coming from.

This survey is for PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING TO SUPPORT FAMILIES who are have either had their children apprehended by B.C.'s Ministry of Children and Family Development or who are taking care of children in care (i.e. voluntary or continuing care agreements, temporary, kinship, etc.) For example, if you're a social worker, a youth worker or a teacher you might like to share your perspective through this survey.

We will NOT PUBLISH anything you share in this survey without getting your permission first.

We ask questions about identity because we want to ensure we’re getting perspectives from a range of people from different backgrounds and communities. We ask for contact information because we might like to schedule a follow-up interview or request permission to publish something written in this survey. In the event that we want to publish something you've shared, we would be happy to consider requests for identity protection if that's important to you.

*This survey was created by journalists as part of Spotlight: Child Welfare — a collaborative journalism project that aims to deepen reporting on B.C.'s child-welfare system. For more info, contact project manager brielle@thediscourse.ca.

What is your name? (legal name / traditional name.) *
Your answer
What’s your gender and which pronouns do you use? (e.g. I’m a woman and I use she/her pronouns.) *
Your answer
Where do you live? (i.e. name of your city/town) *
Your answer
How old are you and when is your birthday?
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How do you describe your ethnicity? (e.g. I’m Black; I’m a member of the Squamish Nation; Ojibway, etc.) *
Your answer
Please share anything else you’d like to share about your identity.
Your answer
What is your phone number? *
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What is your email address? *
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Please describe your role in the child-welfare system. *
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Do you believe the families you are working to support are receiving adequate support or services? Please explain why or why not. *
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Please describe any challenges you’ve observed around accessing supports and services. What are/were the barriers? *
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The Ministry of Children and Family Development says it “supports vulnerable children and families, emphasizing the principles of early intervention and prevention to keep families together.” What is your response to this? Is this true in your experience?
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What steps could be taken so that parents living in poverty are better supported? *
Your answer
Could you help us connect with families who would like to share their experience with a journalist?
What else would you like us to know?
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