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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kids who grow up in the system are not expected to do well. That’s a big part of why they don’t.
Waiving tuition for child welfare students.
Laurentian University is offering to waive tuition for students who have been in the child welfare system...
Laurentian University's tuition exemption program aims to help foster kids earn their degree.
As a Crown Ward, apparently I have no right to my own story, explains Meaghan Martin, Child Welfare PAC President.
The system design is the root of [the] main problems, and that is why legislative reform is so important to improving child welfare.
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.
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.
The foundation has donated $5,000 to support better futures for kids raised in foster care.
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...
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.
Child welfare files remain searchable and accessible for life without any way to check unauthorized access to them.
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.
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.
Kovarikova is an advocate for increased research on the lives of children in Canada's foster care system.
Ontario will fund busing for students in foster care and group homes so they don't have to switch schools if they move.
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.
Is the child welfare system succeeding? Look at the statistics and the answer is pretty clear.
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.
Jane Kovarikova, PhD student at Western University, authored a special report that shows youth leaving foster care are not succeeding in life.
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.
Report shows there is a need to follow up with youth after they age out of the system.
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