Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act
The act provides for more services to families before they reach crisis, more quickly establishes permanent homes for children in government care, allows increased access to adoption information, and strengthens the involvement of First Nations, Métis and other Aboriginal communities in planning for their children.
The Enhancement Act places greater emphasis on, and accountability for:
the safety and well-being of children
permanent placements for children
the involvement of children and families in decision-making
increased collaboration and partnerships with the community
Access to identifying information contained in adoption records will be opened under the Enhancement Act. This change will affect all adoptions granted in the province prior to January 1, 2005. Birth parents and adoptees, who are 18 years of age and older, may obtain identifying information about one another unless a veto is place at the time of the request.
The Enhancement Act was developed through an extensive consultation with stakeholders and the public during the Child Welfare Act Review led by MLA Harvey Cenaiko in 2001-02. The Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act will replace the Child Welfare Act.