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Hidden among the under-represented: Foster youth access and persistence in Ontario post-secondary education, Dr. Renee Ferguson - 2019

This study highlights gaps in data collection on foster youth outcomes after they age-out of child welfare, the need for more research into the post-secondary experiences of youth in the province, and the importance of informed policies and practices in child welfare and post-secondary education.

Children in Limbo Task Force: Children at the Centre, Chapter 18, Ingrid Palmer - 2019

A publication by multiple authors that explores the meaning of 'child centred' in the practice of child protection. See Chapter 18 for Child Welfare PAC Vice President, Ingrid Palmer's, Open Letter to My Parents [the Government of Ontario].

Policy and Practice for Youth Leaving Care, Jane Kovarikova, PhD Candidate - 2018

This white paper was commissioned by the Children's Aid Foundation of Canada. It explores leading research on policy and practice for youth raised by the government and makes recommendations for strengthening existing policy and developing evidence-based standards and resources to lead the sector.

Foster Care Economics, Hale Doguoglu, MA Student - 2018
This paper seeks to provide a comprehensive account of the costs of the current system to the Canadian government. The numbers show a troubling lack of reliable data and poor prospects for youth who age out of the system without being adopted. 

Can Mentors Reduce Loneliness Experienced By Foster Children, Dana Mills, MSc Student - 2018

This research considers the deep cost of loneliness on society for a vulnerable sub-group, youth in care, and explores whether mentorship programming may mitigate the effects of loneliness. 

Moving Home: The Art and Embodiment of Transience Among Youth Emerging from Canada's Child Welfare System, Amelia Merhar, MA Student - 2017

Ample research in social sciences disciplines outside of Geography have illustrated the significant likelihood of poorer life outcomes for former youth in care across a variety of indicators. Combining geographies of mobilities, children's geographies, and emotional geographies, this research seeks to understand the embodied experiences of former youth in care as they relate the transience experienced in care in the past and lived on in the present.

Exploring Youth Outcomes After Aging-Out of Care, Jane Kovarikova, PhD Candidate - 2017

This exploratory research reviews outcomes for youth who have transitioned or “aged-out” of child protection systems. The purpose is to better understand the lasting impact of being raised in substitute care.


News articles

Maclean's Nov 12, 2019

Kids who grow up in the system are not expected to do well. That’s a big part of why they don’t.

CTV Aug 19, 2019

Waiving tuition for child welfare students.

Globe and Mail   Aug 19, 2019

Laurentian University is offering to waive tuition for students who have been in the child welfare system...

CBC Aug 14, 2019

Laurentian University's tuition exemption program aims to help foster kids earn their degree.

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Globe and Mail  Apr 9, 2019

As a Crown Ward, apparently I have no right to my own story, explains Meaghan Martin, Child Welfare PAC President.


United Way: Local Love Mar 14, 2019

The system design is the root of [the] main problems, and that is why legislative reform is so important to improving child welfare.

The Sun  Feb 18, 2019 - More needed to help foster kids who age out of care

Adrian was in foster care so at 18 he would no longer be a ward of province and would be left to fend for himself as an adult.

Sudbury Star Aug 13, 2019 - Laurentian offers free tuition program for Crown Wards

These students, many of whom are Indigenous, face unique challenges in accessing post-secondary education,” Serge Demers, LU’s interim vice-president, academic and provost, said in a release.

Alliston Herald Dec 15, 2018 - Nottawasaga Foundation supporting child welfare action committee

The foundation has donated $5,000 to support better futures for kids raised in foster care.

CBC Docs POV Nov 9,  2018 - Four ways a Crown Ward would change Canada's child welfare system

The people who can change the structure are the politicians. The problem is how the system is structured. It’s not set up for anyone in the long-run...

The Toronto Star Oct 3, 2018 - Education is the key to success for youth in foster care

Education is one of the most important stepping stones to employment. But for youth in foster care, it has the added benefit of protecting against early parenthood for young women and conflict with the law for young men.

The Toronto Star Jul 7, 2018 - Protect the privacy rights of foster children 

Child welfare files remain searchable and accessible for life without any way to check unauthorized access to them. 

CAMH 2018 - From CAMH to the Community: Charlyn's Story

Child Welfare PAC member, Christine Bradley, celebrates her sister's transition from the hospital to the community after an arduous struggle with significant challenges growing up in care and afterwards.

The Globe and Mail Dec 29, 2017 - For foster kids to succeed, they need more than just care

Our system has stagnated in the "activity trap" by focusing on activities and outputs rather than outcomes or impact measurement on youth who have gone through the protection system.

The Western Gazette Oct 30, 2017 - Jane Kovarikova: from foster kid to PhD candidate and child welfare trailblazer

Kovarikova is an advocate for increased research on the lives of children in Canada's foster care system.

The Toronto Star Oct 23, 2017 - $21M pledged to support students in care

Ontario will fund busing for students in foster care and group homes so they don't have to switch schools if they move.

The Toronto Star Jun 27, 2017 - Toronto centre helps foster kids with tough transition out of care

The Pape Adolescent Resource Centre (PARC) is the only hub in the city for youth transitioning out of care. But PARC also faces growing pains.

Toronto Rotary Jun 07, 2017 - Jane Kovarikova, Department of Political Science Western University

Barrie Today May 13, 2017 - There are 524 kids in this community we need to talk about

Is the child welfare system succeeding? Look at the statistics and the answer is pretty clear.

Western News May 10, 2017 - Data can aid ‘broken’ child-protection system

Social Policy in Ontario May 03, 2017 - Track kids who have aged out of the children’s aid system

The Toronto Star May 01, 2017 - Track kids who have aged out of the children’s aid system

Right now the province can’t know if the children’s aid system is working because it doesn’t follow what happens to the kids when they become adults.

AM640 Apr 25, 2017

Jane Kovarikova, PhD student at Western University, authored  a special report that shows youth leaving foster care are not succeeding in life.

The Toronto Star Apr 25, 2017 - Ontario urged to track foster kids after they leave care

New report urges Ontario to study youth over time after they leave the care of children’s aid, to track problems they face and suggest ways to improve the system.

Metro News Apr 24, 2017 - Ontario foster care plan failing youth exiting system

Report shows there is a need to follow up with youth after they age out of the system. 

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