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  • Home - BC Family Net -
    concerns to Community Living BC the Ministry of Social Development and other ministries as needed Our intent always is to be problem solvers working to help make things better We Need Your Stories Thus we encourage you to provide feedback via this website so that we can identify ineffective policies and suggest new ways of doing things Senior Parent Concerns A major goal over the past few years has been to highlight the plight of senior parents and their concerns for their sons and daughters in the future We have worked to ensure that decision makers and government are aware of these issues Safeguards are Essential Adequate safeguards and monitoring are essential in community living We know that for true community inclusion our sons daughters and family members need some paid support But we also know that the friends and family around them will help improve their lives and keep them safe Recommendations to CLBC and Government Some of our concerns over the past few years have led to the following recommendations to CLBC and to the Minister of Social Development Increase the number of family members and self advocates on the CLBC Board Institute a multi layered approach to

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  • About Us - BC Family Net -
    and youth with special needs adults with developmental disabilities and their families We present the issues and concerns of these children adults and their families to the Ministry of Children and Family Development and other relevant ministries agencies and organizations For a complete history visit the history page We influence how supports and services for children and youth with special needs adults with developmental disabilities and their families are planned

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  • History - BC Family Net -
    STOP LOOK LISTEN and HONOUR the Commitment to Community Living at Robson Square in Vancouver This initiative led by families pressured government into addressing key concerns and resulted in slowing the restructuring process and in some cases halting it altogether The Ensuing Years Since then FamilyNet has continued to monitor developments within the Community Living movement especially with the transition of Community Living services from government to a new Crown Corporation known as Community Living BC CLBC We have raised many issues with government and with CLBC over the years and will continue to do so in the future Please see our Archives for detailed information on our advocacy for many issues and our contact with government and with CLBC Over the Past Ten Years In 2003 in keeping with FamilyNet s new Terms of Reference and strategic plans and goals we undertook initiatives to strengthen our advocacy role as an independent provincial network and voice for children and youth with special needs adults with developmental disabilities and their families Our first step in this direction was to establish a new virtual headquarters new mailing address and meeting locations that reflect the independence and family led focus of FamilyNet In addition we concentrated our efforts on rebuilding our membership base and establishing effective community communication channels This involved increasing frequency of our newsletters and other updates to families launching a new interactive FamilyNet website and urging individuals and families throughout the Province to share their stories with us and to join FamilyNet We also watched with increasing concern as the Ministry moved to a Community Governance model of service delivery resulting in the creation of CLBC The lack of adequate government communication in the face of significant changes is a major concern to families Thus we spoke out about the

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  • Our Board - BC Family Net -
    Grant Treasurer Past President Anita Dadson Directors Marcella Baldwin Cathie Waddington Frank Reimer Judy Carter Smith Our board members are self advocates and family members with sons daughters or siblings supported by Community Living BC and Family and Children s Services Collectively we have many years experience in the Community Living movement as advocates We have also given many years of volunteer and paid service in other related non profit

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  • FamilyNet News - BC Family Net -
    an open letter to the Premier as well as pursuing other strategies to address this eligibility issue and others The letter will be posted on this website by the end of next week FamilyNet News Update November 2006 BC FamilyNet Society News Update November 2006 Download PDF To Our Members and Supporters From the Board of Directors It s been a busy fall for BC FamilyNet so far with a series of initiatives to address concerns in community living Here s a brief summary 1 Meetings and Presentations ince August BC FamilyNet representatives have met with the new MCFD Opposition Critic Maurine Karagianis with the CLBC Board and senior management and with the new MCFD Minister Tom Christensen to brief them on issues and concerns in community living and to offer our support in resolving them We are also still trying to schedule a meeting with the new MCFD Deputy Minister Leslie du Toit Minister Christensen appeared receptive to our concerns when we met with him in early October but we are still awaiting his response to the issues we raised as outlined in documents referenced below and posted on our website http www bcfamilynet org In September BC FamilyNet was one of several groups from the community living sector that appeared before the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services in Vancouver to make a presentation on the need for more funding to support adults with developmental disabilities children and youth with special needs and their families 2 Key Issues in Community Living This document at our above web link sums up key current issues in community living as brought to our attention by families and others We began with a draft document in August which we refined based on community feedback and answers provided during a meeting with the CLBC Board and senior management in September We also grouped these issues under three over arching themes under funding the need for a clear mandate in community living and problems related to organizational change As the implementation of the new CLBC model continues to unfold new issues may arise and or others may be resolved so we will update this document periodically as necessary 3 Questions about Group Home Review Given the previous MCFD Minister s role in commissioning and allocating a special budget for this review we compiled the concerns being heard from families and others and brought them to Minister Christensen s attention at our meeting We urged him to look into these concerns BCFN Group Home Review F pdf and are awaiting his response BC FamilyNet had also previously discussed the concerns with the CLBC leadership and as a result a Question and Answer response has been posted on their website At this date we hear that the project is well underway The Review team has been contacting group home operators agencies to make arrangements to meet with individuals and families CLBC expected service providers to first identify and provide profiles on individuals and families

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  • Advocacy - BC Family Net -
    2007 Letter to MCFD Minister Christensen from BC Familynet re The Restructuring Residential Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities December 7th 2006 Letter from MCFD Minister Christensen re Group Home Closures following meeting with BC FamilyNet September 20th 2006 BC FamilyNet Society Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services March 17th 2006 Re Self Advocate Advisor position Response from CLBC March 15th 2006 Re Self Advocate Advisor position letter to CLBC January 17 2006 BC FamilyNet s Response to Do the Right Thing Brief Prepared by We Survived Woodlands Group October 23 2005 BC FamilyNet Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services July 17th 2004 Re Government wrong headed on family care July 9th 2004 Therefore we urge the Minister to provide a framework for direct community input as noted below the Minister and staff should not see this Board as speaking for the community or substituting for direct community input Aptil 28th 2004 Families in our network across the Province have become increasingly concerned about the potential harm to their child or relative with special needs because of massive service and governance restructuring in Community Living during a time of significant funding cuts Aptil 5th 2004 FamilyNet letter to Minister Christy Clark outlining grave concerns over the government s decision to continue with the transition to the new Community Living B C governance model FamilyNet has repeatedly stressed that this devolution particularly during a time of budget cutbacks has been flawed from the start and has already put families and their loved ones in jeopardy March 3rd 2004 FamilyNet letter on the CONCERNS OF FAMILIES ABOUT THE RESTRUCTURING PROCESS to the Minister of MCFD Hon Christy Clark January 28th 2004 FamilyNet letter to new Minister of MCFD Hon Christy Clark January

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  • Community Response - BC Family Net -
    developmental disabilities and their families Please contact us Community Feedback 2007 All letters from 2007 2006 All letters from 2006 New Service Plan Announcement Details of CLBC s new 3 yr service plan that includes undertaking a group home review for which 1 7 million has been allocated to identify individuals living in group homes whose needs might be better met by moving to a lower cost alternative residential setting CLBC Info Meetings 2006 2005 January June 2005 July December 2005 CLBC Info Meetings 2005 2004 January February March April August October 2003 All letters from 2003 Community Living BC Meetings Representatives of Community Living B C Lois Hollstedt Board Chair Rick Mowles Interim CEO Carol Goozh V P Quality Services and Doug Woollard V P Community Planning and Development toured the Province beginning early July of 2005 to meet with individuals families and others to discuss the move from MCFD to CLBC We understand that CLBC representatives did not have anyone recording issues raised and responses given during their presentations Below is feedback FamilyNet received from various family members parents or siblings of children and youth with special needs or adults with developmental disabilities on some of the CLBC

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  • Join us! - BC Family Net -
    works to protect and enhance Community Living supports and services for children and youth with special needs adults with developmental disabilities and their families We wish to develop a strong provincial consensus among families self advocates and related groups on how to address waitlists budget cuts and other challenges that face this community Please join FamilyNet A strong and growing membership base is important as our members shape our advocacy

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