Fostering Change is an initiative of Vancouver Foundation to improve policy, practice and community connections for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. We’re working in collaboration with a growing set of partners to achieve our goal – that every young person leaving foster care has the opportunities and support needed to thrive as adults.
Goal: Every young person leaving foster care has the opportunities and support needed to thrive as adults
Fostering Change developed out of our long-standing interest in strategies to address youth homelessness. We figure the best way to end youth homelessness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Given over 40% of homeless youth have been part of the child welfare system, Vancouver Foundation has committed to strengthening the support systems available to youth as they leave government care and transition into adulthood.
What we do
There are four pillars to our work to support young people leaving foster care.
- We invest in efforts that engage youth in planning and decision-making
- We make grants to develop innovative community services
- We support learning around promising polices and practices
- We grow public and community will for resources and relationships that will ensure successful outcomes for young adults
Our work is only possible in partnership with young people and the organizations that support them every day. Read our stories to hear more from these inspiring voices.
How we do it
We have developed a framework to guide our work. We focus on the outcomes we want to achieve, list the actions we will take, and remind ourselves of why all this matters.
It‘s our guide, and we want to share it with you. You can download a larger version by clicking on the image below.