Vancouver Foundation launches ‘Fostering Change’ initiative to support young people leaving foster care at age 19

We are extremely proud to launch fosteringchange.ca – a website to support our vision that young people leaving foster care have the opportunities and support needed to thrive as adults. But how did we get here? Find out more about why we are taking this path, and how you can get involved.

The Challenge

This year in British Columbia, 700 youth in foster care will be cut off from housing, services, care-givers, and the people in their lives when they turn 19 [1]. It is no coincidence that over 40% of homeless youth have been part of the child welfare system including adoption and foster care [2]. Together with a growing community of partners and allies, Vancouver Foundation aims to raise awareness and find new ways to prevent this from happening.

Find out more about the challenge, and why young people from foster care deserve the same support as everyone else.

How Vancouver Foundation can help

Since 2008, Vancouver Foundation has made grants of over $5.9 million to organizations that provide services and support for homeless youth. However, research and evaluation showed there was more the Foundation could do to prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place. 

Fostering Change will address this through improving policy, practice and community connections for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. The initiative will invest time, leadership, and community grants to organizations already working in the field. In addition, the initiative will engage young people to participate in decision-making, strengthening the capacity of community services and partnerships, creating new knowledge, and increasing the public will for change. 

We have a collective responsibility to support young people leaving foster care on their journey to adulthood - Vancouver Foundation President & CEO Kevin McCort

“Our research shows that more than 80% of families in BC with kids ages 19-28 provide financial and material support for their children,” says McCort. “Young people from foster care deserve the same support as everyone else, and Fostering Change is one way Vancouver Foundation can help make this happen,” he adds.

How you can help (hint: sign up now!)

Sign up to become part of a vibrant community working together to support young people leaving foster care. You will hear stories from young people and support organizations, be invited to events, receive news and research updates, and be asked to help create the next steps of the initiative.

See how you can help for 4 things you can do today. 

Building community

We are helping to build a growing community of youth, parents, governments, organizations and businesses who recognize that the transition to adulthood is gradual, and that youth who grew up in foster care deserve the same support as everyone else.

Thank you for taking an interest in Fostering Change. Together we can make sure that young people leaving foster care have the opportunities and support they need to thrive as adults.

 


 

[1] Ministry of Children & Family Development, Performance Management Report, Volume 4 (2014). http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/about_us/pdf/mcfd_pmr_2013_14.pdf

[2] The Homeless Hub (2015). http://www.homelesshub.ca/solutions/prevention/systems-prevention