Ontario allows youth to remain in care after passing cut-off age during pandemic - in National Post, CBC, Globe, Lethbridge News Now.
Even in the best of times, aging out of care is incredibly fraught.
Georgian College first Ontario college to offer free tuition to learners in/from foster care, with no age restriction.
Brescia, King's, Huron university colleges to offer free tuition to former Crown wards.
Steve Paikin speaks with a group of educators and former foster kids about social mobility: post-secondary education.
Kids who grow up in the system are not expected to do well. That’s a big part of why they don’t.
Too often we debate about more funding, more programs, more prevention, but the truth is that only more data will reveal the best practices.
Foster care in crisis segment. Aired in Canada on YesTVCanada & CTV.
While the saying 'life is full of uncertainty' applies to everyone, Jane Kovarikova says it especially rings true for former foster kids like her.
Laurentian University is offering to waive tuition for students who have been in the child welfare system, regardless of their age, the latest addition to a movement that aims to provide more educational opportunities to former kids in care.
Laurentian University's tuition exemption program aims to help foster kids earn their degree.
Though my childhood had been reduced to five pages, I saw much more than what was written.
How a former foster child has dedicated her life to improving outcomes for youth.
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.
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
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.
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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The Child Welfare Political Action Committee (Child Welfare PAC) is proud to announce the Mount Saint Vincent University is the first University in Atlantic Canada to launch a tuition waiver program specifically for former youth in care. The MSVU Post-Care Tuition Waiver Program will cover 100% of participating students’ tuition and compulsory fees.
The Child Welfare Political Action Committee (Child Welfare PAC) is pleased to announce an additional four post-secondary institutions in London, Ontario have committed to financial support for up to 35 students who have “aged-out” of child protection system. These institutions include Western University, Huron, Brescia, and King’s.
The Child Welfare Political Action Committee Canada (Child Welfare PAC) is proud to announce that Loyalist College will waive tuition for those raised in the Ontario foster care system regardless of their age, with an investment of $80,000.
Foster kids just won some privacy rights in Ontario. On January 01, 2020, the privacy section of the Ontario Child, Youth and Family Services Act, Part X, officially went into effect. Foster children will now be able to have access to their child welfare files and have the requests respected.
The Child Welfare PAC urges provincial and territorial governments to solve the post-secondary crisis facing foster children
Laurentian to offer free tuition for former foster kids of any age in Ontario.
The Child Welfare PAC, a non-partisan and not-for-profit advocacy group of child welfare stakeholders and former youth-in-care, was surprised to learn of the Ontario government's bold decision to eliminate the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.
The report comes as a timely response to the Ontario government’s third party line-by-line audit of spending. Jane Kovarikova, author of the report, PhD Candidate at Western University, and Founder of the Child Welfare PAC, responded to the auditor's recommendations.
The deaths of children and youth in residential placements is deeply impacting and painful for us in the Child Welfare PAC. We too have lived experience in government care. Being raised institutionally is wrought with challenges especially when parts of the system do not communicate seamlessly. Every life has complexities beyond the capacity of one ministry alone, and when you become the legal party responsible for a child, you must be all things needed to ensure that child leaves your care thriving.
The Minister of Children and Youth Services, Honorable Michael Coteau, made an enthusiastic public commitment at Queen’s Park to work with the Child Welfare PAC to achieve goals in evidence-based policy making, improving outcomes, enhancing privacy rights, and mental health supports. He said, “You haven’t come to Queen’s Park for nothing. We will work together to look for ways to strengthen the child protection sector.”
Foster care system failing Canadian children must be redesigned
Report finds dramatic outcomes for youth who age-out of care.