Conducting an economic analysis of investing in youth aging out of foster care in BC is an incredibly exciting next step in the Fostering Change journey.
We know that many of you have joined us because you believe that supporting young people as they age out of foster care is simply the right thing to do. We also know from the public opinion research we conducted earlier this year that over 70% of British Columbians agree. The question for us as we approached this research was simple: “does supporting youth aging out of foster care also make good economic sense for our province?”
We’ve had the incredible fortune to work with two outstanding researchers Marvin Shaffer (consulting economist and Adjunct Professor at SFU's School of Public Policy) and Lynell Anderson CPA, CGA (Family Policy Researcher). Combined with an experienced and knowledgeable Research Advisory Committee and the input of our Youth Advisory Circle members, the work of the researchers vastly exceeded our expectations.
The report is a first for BC, and gives a clear picture of the current outcomes for youth aging out of foster care in BC, the costs of those outcomes, both to the young people themselves and to the province as a whole, and finally, helps us to understand how we could invest in young people and see better outcomes at a reduced cost to the province.
We're looking forward to meeting many of you on Monday 19 September at 4pm at SFU`s Wosk Centre for Dialogue to share and discuss the findings. RSVP now if you haven't already, as we are almost at maximum capacity.
In addition to hearing a presentation from Marvin and Lynell, you’ll also hear from:
- Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the Representative for Children and Youth
- Kevin McCort, President and CEO, Vancouver Foundation
- Mark Gifford, Director, Grants and Community Initiatives, Vancouver Foundation
- Meredith Graham, Youth and Family Development Worker, St. Leonard’s Youth and Family Services
- Diego Cardona, Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team member
- Rachel Malek, Fostering Change Youth Advisory Circle member
You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions, help us think about how to carry this work forward, and mingle with other attendees over coffee and light snacks.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
- Trilby Smith, Lead Evaluator, Fostering Change