Children and youth enter foster care at any given age, but in BC 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.
We believe every youth should look forward to their 19th birthday
The Asks - How we get there
Comprehensive and Universal Agreement's with Young Adults
Comprehensive - Covers the cost of living.
:Financial assistance and support that covers mental health care, price indexed rent costs, household set up costs when leaving care, caring connections in the community.
Universal - for every youth transition.
:All youth who age out of government care at 19 have access, regardless of former care status or readiness to attend programming or post-secondary.
At Fostering Change we are focused on 2 pillars:
Youth Development and Policy Advocacy.
This means that everything we do is youth-led and youth-centered. We are
youth from care are experts on fixing policy and changing the practices to better the system. Join our incredible team of advocates with experience in the care system, supported by many of our allies.
Youth centered/youth led = Youth (anyone 30 and under) who have lived expertise in the child welfare system
How it works
Susan Russell-Csanyi is the Campaign Organizer at Fostering Change, as a previous participant, she's comfortable with the ins and outs of joining the campaign!
Her role is to create, host, and/or facilitate activities such as workshops, gatherings, and meetings to increase your confidence in advocacy and connect you with decision makers so you can tell them what your needs are in relation to youth transitions.
How we began and our work at First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
After 2017 Policy Solutions Day (See the report here), we convened a youth team to consider policy change. We created a campaign timeline - orienting ourselves as activists and change-makers in a powerful moment. Fostering Change is currently hosted by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, they join is in advocating for to see better policies that help every youth from care thrive. Adrienne Montani, the Provincial Coordinator at First Call and the other members of the staff team support us with the behind the scenes work that happens in the campaign. Previously hosted by Vancouver Foundation, we launched our initiative with a policy brief to government with recommendations for change. We have an updated 2019 brief here.