Landy Anderson is a Senior Manager with several decades of experience in child welfare and social services. She has worked as a child protection worker, supervisor, and senior manager in several Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario for various departments, such as Community Services, Shelter & Transition Housing, Aboriginal Head Start, Youth Services, Intake, After Hours, Family Services, Placement, Kinship Services, Customary Care, Foster Care, and Adoption. Landy is a former Treatment Foster Parent and Licensed Group Home Operator. She has supervised staff-operated group homes and foster care departments for various child welfare agencies including Indigenous Children’s Aid Societies, known as Indigenous Child & Family Well-Being Agencies.
Landy Anderson is of mixed heritage of Chinese and Métis. Landy’s Chinese name translates as “beautiful jade” and her Indigenous spirit name translates as “one who brings the drum,” which means she brings balance. Landy is Wolf Clan. She walks in three cultural worlds, comfortable in all.
Landy’s husband has been a great support in sharing his experience with her as a child who survived Canada’s Sixties Scoop. He provides incredible insight into the lived experience of what it was like living as a foster child under the rippling effects of inter-generational trauma of residential schools. He offers powerful and practical knowledge that can only be derived from being an Indigenous child in care.
Landy and her husband were foster parents to over 100 teenagers spanning a decade, where some teenagers stayed for days and others well into adulthood.
Landy Anderson is a Child Care Worker with a Master of Education – Focusing on Urban Aboriginal Education and a Master of Social Work. Additionally, Landy teaches at Trent University in the Child and Youth Studies Department. She has published a book entitled The Foster Parent Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Child Welfare Matrix. Landy started a Duty to Report Campaign – A Call to Action, calling on the provincial government to legislate two Duty to Report recommendations from Katelynn Sampson’s inquest. This will help Ontarians understand how to report suspected child abuse and neglect to their local children’s aid society and prevent other children from dying. Landy is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Studies and Interdisciplinarity at Laurentian University.
Landy is a renowned public speaker with expertise as a post-secondary teacher, keynote speaker, and trainer. Students and training participants describe their experiences as “Fantastic, interactive presentation. Loved the jam board. Loved the info!”, “Landy is always an amazing advocate and speaks to historic and up-to-date issues”, “The session was put together really well”, “I loved the interactive components”, and “I really enjoyed how Landy incorporated the culture into our class and ensured everyone felt safe.” Landy has been invited to offer keynote speeches on issues related to children’s development, foster parenting, the school experiences of Indigenous children in care, Indigenous foster parent satisfaction and well-being, Indigenous child welfare, reconciliation, Chinese and Indigenous relationships, kindness, and the power of love.
To learn more about Landy’s speaking engagements, visit her website https://fosterparentsurvival.com/speaking-engagements/ or visit her YouTube cooking channel by searching Landy Anderson & Cookie’s Kitchen!
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean
Speech on the Occasion of the Canadian Foster Family Association Annual Conference, Rideau Hall,
Thursday, April 27, 2006
© Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2006). Photo credit: Cpl Issa Paré, Rideau Hall. Reproduced with the permission of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.
Landy's connection to the Indigenous community...
Hello, brothers and sisters, my name is Landy Anderson and I am of mixed Métis and Chinese Heritage.
I live in Oshawa, Ontario with my husband and children who are members of Alderville FN.
I previously worked for an Indigenous Children’s Aid Society (CAS). That said, I am passionate about issues in child welfare as they are intimately connected to the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in Canada’s child welfare system.
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Did you know?
- 27,000 First Nations children are estimated to be in CAS care, which accounts for 30-40%
of all children in Canada’s child welfare system, Indigenous children represent less than 5% of the child population (Blackstock and Trocmé, 2005).
- First Nations children are being placed in out of
homecareat 6-8 times the rate of other children (Auditor General of Canada, 2008; Standing Committee on Public Accounts, 2009).
Unfortunately, my husband was in Children’s Aid Care during Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop.
Hence my passion to improve the foster care system and help raise awareness to the importance of foster care issues across Canada for Native and Non-Native foster parents alike.
I recently wrote a book, The Foster Parent Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Child Welfare Matrix where I speak to the inherent truths about foster care. The book was supported by The Canadian Foster Family Association and other notable Foster Parent Association Presidents/Directors from across Canada.
Please consider sharing my web site link with anyone who may have an interest in this subject since it impacts so many of our people!
Learn more about The Ties that Bind…
Landy’s community work with the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada.
The website is hosted by the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.
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