National Council of Youth in Care Advocates
Youth in the child welfare system abruptly lose support from the state when they reach the age of majority, regardless of their readiness, or their emotional and financial needs.
This pattern of service removal leads to negative outcomes, including a heightened risk for homelessness, unemployment, poverty, poor mental health and early parenthood.
COVID-19 and the socio-economic upheaval associated with the pandemic are exacerbating the already precarious situation of youth in care.
In March 2020, CWLC and A Way Home Canada convened networks of youth in care and youth alumni from care to increase and coordinate their advocacy efforts, taking part in peer coaching and training sessions, and communicating their joint messages to decision makers and the Canadian public.
The National Council of Youth in Care Advocates is made up of the following individuals and organizations:
Achievements to date:
The Council secured temporary moratoriums on youth transitions out of the child protection system during the COVID-19 pandemic in most jurisdictions.
The Council is currently co-developing universal protocol and policy that will guide healthy and supported transitions for youth.
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