Child Welfare PAC Canada is working with partners across Canada to increase education opportunities and social mobility for current and former foster kids.
Finances are a significant barrier to post-secondary studies for people raised in care. Inspired by existing programs in British Columbia and Manitoba, Child Welfare PAC has partnered with colleges, universities, and non-profits like Futures Forward to create and highlight 640+ tuition free opportunities at 49 schools in 8 provinces. We are aiming to help create post-secondary opportunities for former youth in care from coast to coast. Download interactive pdf for sharing here.
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Youth in Care Tuition Waiver, Vancouver
A Future for Foster Kids
Bill 237, Fostering Privacy Fairness Act, 2020 has passed Second Reading.
Did you know foster children have less privacy rights than juvenile offenders? Ontario's Bill 237, Fostering Privacy Fairness Act, 2020 restores equality of privacy to former foster children by sealing childhood files after aging-out, protecting our identities in adult life, and only permitting third party access to sealed files through the courts.
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Smart policy is having a comprehensive mental health strategy for youth in care.
Did you know that according to various U.S. studies, the rates of post-trauma stress can be double that of war veterans for youth who have aged-out of foster care? This special group deserves a comprehensive mental health strategy with priority access to healthcare to improve life outcomes after care.
If you do not measure what happens to kids after foster care, how do you know if your earlier interventions worked?
It is no secret that kids struggle after foster care. Knowing that is not enough. Every government must take responsibility for the children it is parenting by measuring life outcomes after care. Without baseline data unique to every jurisdiction, you will never know if you have succeeded in caring for these kids. This is a question of accountability, ethics, and responsible governance. When the most vulnerable people in society are not set up to succeed, everyone bears the costs.
We're working with several research partners to measure the success of our free tuition for foster youth programs.
International & Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP ) SSHRC Project: Child Welfare PAC partnering with Dr. Tara Collins, Toronto Metropolitan University. Click here to learn more.
McMaster JoyPop Project: Partnering with Dr. Christine Wekerle and McMaster University on the Joy Pop resiliency intervention app for youth.
SSHRC Research Application: Partnering with Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan on ground-breaking research focused on understanding how tuition waiver programs for former youth in care impact the lives of recipients in Atlantic Canada.