PARENTS 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 three surveys — one for parents, one for extended family caregivers and one for foster parents — because we’d like to understand where different people are coming from.

THIS SURVEY IS FOR PARENTS whose children were removed or apprehended within the past five years.

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?
Your answer
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? *
Your answer
What is your email address? *
Your answer
How many children do you have?
Your answer
When was your first contact with the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency? Did you approach them for support or did they contact you first?
Your answer
When was your child (were your children) apprehended or removed?
Your answer
Where was your child (were your children) living before they were removed and who was involved in parenting them? (e.g. They were living part-time with me in Vancouver and part-time with their grandmother in Surrey)
Your answer
What reasons, if any, did social workers give you for apprehending your child or children? (e.g. neglect — parent unwilling to care.)
Your answer
Would you be willing and able to provide records that show the reasons given for apprehension? (e.g. reports/documents filed by social workers in court.)
What kind of financial supports or services were you receiving just before the apprehension? Who provided those services?
Your answer
Do you feel you were receiving adequate financial support and services just before the apprehension? Please explain why or why not. *
Your answer
Would you be willing and able to provide records of any financial supports or services requested or received?
Please describe any challenges you had accessing supports and services. What were the barriers?
Your answer
After your children were removed, who became their caregivers? To your knowledge, what supports and services are/were your kids or their caregivers receiving?
Your answer
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?
Your answer
What steps could be taken so that parents living in poverty are better supported? *
Your answer
What else would you like us to know?
Your answer
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