Fostering Change is proud to launch our new campaign this week – Write the Future.
All too often, youth aging out of foster care end up homeless, are thrown into adult life before finishing high school, and have no-one to turn to in their 20’s.
But everyone knows young people need opportunities and support to succeed. That’s why 92% of parents in BC provide their children aged 19-28 with a range of financial, social, and emotional support.
Our goal is to demonstrate public support for youth aging out of foster care. It’s time to show community, political, and business leaders that we all believe it’s time for change.
Petition for the kind of supports we give our own
That’s why we’ve started a petition that includes a call for financial support with basic living costs, relationships with caring adults for advice and support, and more opportunities to connect and contribute to the communities they live in through creative, cultural, and volunteer activities.
“This isn’t about youth from foster care receiving special treatment” says Mark Gifford, Director of Grants and Community Initiatives at Vancouver Foundation. “It’s about access to the kinds of support young people typically get from their families well into their 20s. If it doesn’t make sense for parents to cut ties with their own kids at 19, why would it for youth aging out of foster care?”
“The petition is based on what we’ve learned from research with youth from foster care, partner organizations, academics, and the BC public, says Meredith Graham, Youth Advisor to the Fostering Change initiative at Vancouver Foundation.
“Signing the petition is an important way to show your support for increased community, political and business leadership devoted to the success of youth leaving foster care,” - Meredith Graham, Youth Advisor
We know the BC public is on board with extending support to youth who’ve been in foster care – indeed a recent poll showed that 71% are in favour of financial support with living expenses for youth leaving foster care until age 25.
Together we can make a difference. Let’s make sure all young people have opportunities to succeed.