Feb. 6, 2017, Bernard Richard, the acting representative for children and youth, released Broken Promises: Alex’s Story. The report tells the tragic story of an 18-year-old Métis youth in care who took his own life in desperation. Broken Promises: Alex’s Story illustrates how the BC child welfare system failed to MORE
The McCreary Centre Society invites youth ages 15–24 to join the McCreary Youth Research Academy for a Research Slam over the spring break. In this six-day program, youth participants will learn to design and analyze a survey to help understand how young people experience and manage stress. It’s a great MORE
A Federation of BC Youth in Care “local” is a group of young people between ages 14 and 24 who are in and from government care that come together for support so that they don’t feel alone in their experiences. “In care” includes foster homes, group homes, youth custody centres, residential facilities, MORE
Data in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 24, 2016, by First Call, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five of our children living in poverty, and how our failure to properly support youth as they leave foster care is putting many MORE
Episode 3 of First Call’s podcast As Word Spreads – hosted by youth in and from care – comes just in time for the holidays. In this episode, our hosts share the good and bad of late December. Sometimes a foster family will send them away for Christmas, and sometimes MORE
First Call member the Adoptive Families Association of BC is looking for adoptive families with stories to tell, as well as opinion pieces, articles, interviews, poems, book and movie reviews, photos and artwork for their 2017 issues of their magazine, Focus. Email Brianna at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Data in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 24, 2016, by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five of our children living in poverty, and how our failure to properly support youth as they MORE
In their November 15 report to the BC legislature, a special bipartisan committee recommended that Bernard Richard be appointed BC’s new representative for children and youth. First Call welcomes this timely appointment and look forward to working with BC’s new representative for children and youth. Bernard Richard is a lawyer MORE
BC’s representative for children and youth has just released her annual report and service plan. This report provides an overview of the Office’s work on behalf of the vulnerable children and youth of BC over the past year and a plan reflecting on future goals and objectives. It includes a MORE
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016 3-5 pm SFU Woodward’s 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Coffee will be served and a reception follows Free but please RSVP Join members of First Call for a dialogue on BC public school funding moderated by Dr. Paul Shaker from Simon Fraser University. Alex Hemingway, a researcher MORE
Mid October 2016, First Call made a written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2017 provincial budget. We outline how the government is not meeting our responsibilities to our children and youth, citing high child poverty rates, inadequate supports for youth in and MORE
October 17, the BC government announced changes to the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program to allow more youth in care to access extended supports. Previously, AYA was available for former youth in care from age 19 to 24. With this policy change, young people are now eligible to age MORE
The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks invites your submissions for the next issue of Power Pages – the provincial magazine for youth in and from care in BC. Your submission can be used to remind young people about your new or existing provincial programs and services and any MORE
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 12 noon Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux’s office 101-5658-176th Street, Surrey, BC Find more info Join this rally to tell Minister Cadieux and Premier Clark to do the right thing and raise the age of support for foster kids to 25.
An alarming number of girls in the care of the provincial government – including a highly disproportionate number of Aboriginal girls – have been the victims of sexualized violence while in care, says a report released early October 2016 by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC’s representative for children and youth. Find MORE