Written by ally and advocate Darian Newell - to be copy and pasted to an email with your local government, to prompt support for all youth in care in light of the COVID19 pandemic.
As a concerned citizen,
I am emailing you to advocate for youths who are facing termination of MCFD funding during this Covid-19 crisis. Many youths will:
- Lose access to necessary funds
- Access to their communities and cultural connections
- Benefits when they age out of government support
This will contribute to the higher rates of foster youths who experience transiency to be sick, malnourished and unsafe. In this time I am very worried for these youths who would be "dropped off a cliff". With the current financial allotments, and measures there is not enough in place for these youths to thrive. That being said I would like to make a general plea for their continued housing, and financial support under the Ministry of Children and Family Development until the threat of the virus is over.
Terminating care now means less access to funding for foods, and medicines, and these youths face exacerbated coronavirus symptoms. Making youths age out of foster homes will mean more sick people will have to find housing without jobs. More are at stake by letting these humans down at this time: by making these youths live on their own we force them to go to the grocery stores by themselves even if they are sick with Covid-19 in lieu of help from foster parents.
COVID19 does not stop youth from turning 19. Currently youth are aging out, alone, into the world.
I feel the government as the parent has an obligation to provide:
- access to funding for foods, housing, and medicines
- Transportation, and care while being sick.
I am deeply afraid for the governments’ children in having inadequate social capital throughout the crisis. I feel neglect of this population will generate more financial cost and crisis overtime. If this system fosters anything in this time it should be safety and health not unnecessary deaths of vulnerable populations in the face of this titan.
In prevention of overwhelming the healthcare system, we need all available pools to pitch in for their own populations to protect the community-at-large.
Therefore, I ask the government on all levels to accept and implement these asks on all levels as an investment now in your youths health, safety and dignity, for the latter will result in more crisis.
Thank you for your time, and best regards for you and your family.