Many people are working hard to support youth leaving foster care, creating useful resources for everyone with a connection to young people. We are slowly building a list of the publications and toolkits that we’ve found useful.
Report: Opportunities in Transition
Report demonstrates significant annual costs – up to $268 million – are associated with the adverse experiences many youth aging out of foster care at 19 encounter, while a much lower level of investment - $57 million per year – would be required to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
- Summary Report - Download.
- Report 1: Educational, Economic, Social, and Wellness Outcomes - Download.
- Report 2: The Costs of the Adverse Outcomes - Download.
- Report 3: Opportunities for Increased Support - Download.
Report: Fostering Success, Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth In/From Care
Research by University of Victoria’s School of Social Work shows that youth from foster care feel
school is their anchor, and aspire go on to post-secondary education. Identifies what helps youth from foster care successfully complete high school from the perspective of young people, educators, child welfare specialists, policy makers, and researchers.
Survey: 2016 Youth Transitions Survey
Results from a public opinion survey of perceptions among British Columbians towards youth in and from
government care. Research shows that 71% - of British Columbians favour the provincial government
supporting young people who have aged out of foster care at age 19 with their living expenses, and much
Report: 2015 Fostering Change Year in Review
Highlights of our work in 2015, the learnings we've shared, and a chance to acknowledge the many good people, organizations and efforts engaged in supporting young people as they transition from foster care to adulthood. The past 12 months has seen lots of good energy and action, great ideas come forward. People are ready for change.
Reports: Fostering Change Community Conversations May/June 2015.
Summary reports from a series of five Community Conversations held by Vancouver Foundation designed to get communities talking and learning from each other; spark new thinking from a local perspective; and identify local priorities for new granting, youth and community engagement efforts.
- Regional Report – Download.
- Abbotsford Report – Download.
- Coquitlam Report – Download.
- North Vancouver Report – Download.
- Surrey Report – Download.
- Vancouver Report – Download.
Survey: Perceptions on the challenges facing British Columbia youth transitioning out of government care.
Vancouver Foundation surveyed 1,820 adult British Columbians in 2013 to gain a better understanding of public attitudes, values and perceptions about youth transitioning to adulthood and more specifically, for youth aging out of government care in the province.
Workbook: Fostering Change Community Conversations
Dialogue guide used in our series of community conversations designed to get communities talking and learning from each other to identify local people, resources and connections for young people from care. Full of useful statistics, exercises, and discussion questions.
Report & Exercises: Supporting Wellness through Transitions Knowledge Exchange Forum
Summary of the discussion at our Wellness Forum to support the wellness for young people transitioning out of foster care by bringing together frontline staff working with young people to share their knowledge, expertise and questions. Includes a list of practical exercises for support workers to use, and links to other resources.
Guidebook: Fostering Change Messaging and Communications Guide
Discussion guide designed to assist service providers, funders, youth and their allies, community leaders and advocates to start conversations and build the relationships that can lead to lasting, measurable change. Includes summaries of facts, research, suggested messages, as well as ideas for engaging potentially supportive audiences.
EVERYONE ELSE’S WORK
There is, of course, much to add to this section. We look forward to hearing your suggestions for great resources to include here.
Report: McCreary Centre Society - Building social capital among youth in care
Analysis of data from the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey of over 1,000 youth who had been in government care at some point. The report highlights some of the barriers that these young people face to building and maintaining social capital.