VULNERABLE YOUTH

  • As of February 2013 there were over 8,154 children and youth in care in BC.
  • Some youth are more likely to have experience of government care than others, including New Canadians, Aboriginal youth, young people with a disability and those who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.
  • Data from the 2008 Adolescent Health Survey shows that 23% of youth who had ever been in government care were born outside of Canada, and 9% had lived in Canada for less than two years. This rate was three times higher than would be expected based on the overall percentage of youth who had emigrated in the past two years. Almost a third (31%) of youth who had recent care experience were immigrants.
  • Multiple moves for children and youth in foster care remains a serious concern. When youth have a stable home, they have the opportunity to build connections with their school, community and peers. BC research shows youth with foster care experience reported better health if they had moved less than three times in the past year.
  • Some BC youth who transition out of care at age 19 may be eligible for financial assistance for post-secondary school or for support through an agreement with young adults. These are good programs, but they have limited eligibility and limited budgets, so not all youth transitioning to independence from care can get the support they need.

Q: How will your party work towards addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal, new immigrant, LGBT and youth with a disability in the foster care system? 

Q: What will your party do to improve permanency, such as a stable home, adoption, or sustained family or community relationships, for children and youth in care? 

Q: Youth transitioning out of care often need extra support in establishing a home of their own, finding employment and pursuing further education. How will your government improve supports for youth transitioning out of care? 

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