Fostering Change is pleased to release early results from our 2016 Youth Transitions Survey – a public opinion survey of perceptions among British Columbians towards youth in and from government care.
The 2016 Youth Transitions Survey, conducted by research firm Insights West, asked 1,922 British Columbians about their perceptions of why young adults live at home and their readiness to make a successful transition from parental home to living on their own. It also explored perceptions of young people living in government care, and about investment in potential solutions to support the success of young adults transitioning from foster care.
We are amazed and encouraged by the findings
We knew from our 2013 survey that parents in BC provide exceptional support for their children aged 19-28. In 2016, the same picture emerges – 92% of parents in BC with children aged 19 – 28 provide them with a range of financial, social, and emotional supports.
But in 2016 we also asked British Columbians how they feel about supporting youth leaving foster care.
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 (including housing, food, education and health care) through a stipend or living supplement until they turn 25.
“These results show that British Columbians really care about the success of young people leaving foster care, and want them to receive the same kind of support they give their own kids,” says Mark Gifford, Director of Grants and Community Initiatives for Vancouver Foundation.
“More of us recognize that failure to do so will result in higher risk of homelessness, mental health trauma, lower educational attainment and tough employment prospects for youth from foster care,” adds Gifford.
We are excited about these early results – and there is much more to come.
Please read and share these results, and sign up to the Fostering Change website to make sure you receive the full report when available.