Children and youth enter foster care at any given age, but in British Columbia all youth in the system must ‘age out’ at 19.
When youth age out, the government services and supports they rely on in place of a family are simultaneously cut off.
- 57% of homeless youth in some BC communities from care
- 53% turn 19 with a completed high school education
- Approximately 1000 youth age out every year
Youth hit a cliff at 19. Let’s change that.
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Ian Mass posted about Public Petition on Facebook 2016-05-20 09:20:00 -0700Write the future for youth aging out of foster care. Sign the Petition now!17,343 signatures
Most young adults in BC can count on financial support, relationships and family connections to help them get a good start in life. However, that’s not the case for everyone.
Cut off from support at 19, youth aging out of foster care too often end up homeless, don’t finish high school, and have no one to turn to in their 20’s.
But you can change this.
Sign the petition today, and help write the future with youth aging out of foster care.
“We believe youth aging out of foster care should be able to count on three things until age 25:
Consistent financial support with basic living costs like housing, transit, and food while they attend school, learn skills, and find work.
Long-term relationships with caring dependable adults for support, advice, and references, so that they always have somewhere to turn.
A chance to connect and contribute to their communities through creative, cultural, and volunteer activities, so that they feel like they belong.
We believe this will make a difference, and ask community, political, and business leaders to commit to a plan that includes these supports.”