Foster care youth need help stepping into adulthood, say youth workers

Muriel Betsina has been a foster parent for more than 10 years. Two months ago, one of her three foster children turned 19. Under the current rules, that means he no longer automatically qualifies for extra support. 

Foster parents and youth workers in Yellowknife support the government's proposal to raise the age of automatic foster care support from 19 to 23, but they say that's just the beginning of what needs to happen to help foster kids make the transition to adulthood.

40% of people in their twenties still at home

Tammy Roberts, director of the Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories, agrees the current rules are too hard on young people, noting that it's common for young people to leave home for the last time at age 27.

 

This article and photograph were originally published by CBC on May 12, 2015. Read the full article: ‘Foster care youth need help stepping into adulthood, say youth workers’.