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First Call Announcement

For the past six years First Call has been housed at Vancity Community Foundation (VCF). VCF has been an invaluable partner, providing support in many areas ranging from office space and technology, to managing grant and donor funds as our charitable host. Over the next year, First Call will be MORE


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First Call and Basics for Health Urge Government Action on Children’s Health

Today, First Call and Basics for Health Society sent a letter to the BC government urging a coordinated response to children’s health during this COVID-19 pandemic. Advocates, physicians, researchers and health care professionals have come together to voice their alarm about the harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Government Announces Extension for Youth Aging Out of Care

Today, Fostering Change, issued a media release today praising the provincial government for responding to concerns about youth aging out of care in this pandemic. Yesterday, government announced that youth who turn 19 during the COVID-19 pandemic will have their care agreements extended, and that those on the Agreements with MORE


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Child and Youth News of the Week

Policy Options: COVID-19 crisis shows us child care is always an essential service The Tyee: People in Group Homes: What Is Government Doing to Keep Them Safe? CBC News: COVID-19 shut down B.C. schools — so why are daycares still open? CCPA-BC: What should be next for BC workers and families after the initial MORE


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Child and Youth News of the Week

CBC News: Province says 16% of child-care spots promised are open, halfway through funding timeline CBC News: Island Health cuts funding for postpartum depression counselling program CKPG Today: 42 new child care spaces for Smithers The Williams Lake Tribune: Williams Lake developing plan to address early childhood labour force shortage The Vancouver Sun: Survey: B.C. MORE


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Child and Youth News of the Week

CFJC Today: Poverty Reduction Minister says latest Stats Canada data points to progress with B.C strategy Goldstream Gazette: Canadian poverty rates are declining, but many groups remain vulnerable Delta Optimist: More childcare spaces eyed  Daily Hive: New bill provides 5 days of paid leave for workers facing domestic or sexual violence CBC News: New MORE


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2020 Budget Delivers on Previous Promises but Thin on New Initiatives for Children, Youth and Their Families

This week’s BC budget followed through on promises made in past budgets – including the BC Child Opportunity Benefit – but comes up short on new initiatives and investments that would assist children, youth and their families. “We need to invest more in upstream, preventative family supports,” commented Adrienne Montani, MORE


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Child and Youth News of the Week

CBC News: Child care, housing top of mind for parents ahead of budget Aldergrove Star: Fraser Valley childcare professionals worry about new provincial rollout Global News: Budget 2020 will include details on federal childcare funding: minister CTV News: B.C. to launch free 24/7 mental health support in all post-secondary schools CBC Radio: Inside the teenage MORE


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Child and Youth News of the Week

The Tyee: These Policies Could Help End Single-Parent Poverty in BC Burnaby Now: It’s official: City of Burnaby is a living wage employer Kelowna iNFO News: Roughly 1 in 5 children live in poverty in the Thompson-Okanagan Kelowna Now: More than a sixth of all Central Okanagan children are living in poverty: report Castanet: 1 MORE


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First Call is Hiring! Living Wage for Families Campaign Organizer

First Call is a dynamic, non-partisan coalition of over 100 provincial and regional partner organizations in British Columbia committed to strengthening support for the well-being of children and youth. Through public education, community mobilization and public policy advocacy, our non-profit coalition aims to ensure children and youth receive “first call” MORE


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Child and Youth News of the Week

Vancouver Sun: Adrienne Montani: Minimum-wage work shouldn’t be a ticket to poverty for B.C. families Alaska Highway News: 1 in 6 children living in poverty Prince George Citizen: Region’s rate of children in poverty on the rise, says advocacy group Shape the Conversation Podcast: Conversation about Structural Poverty CTV News: Parents caught between work and MORE


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Child and Youth News of the Week

Vancouver Sun: Adrienne Montani: Minimum-wage work shouldn’t be a ticket to poverty for B.C. families Georgia Straight: Child poverty in B.C. still as high as ever The Tyee: One in Five Children Still Live in Poverty in BC. Can We Ever Improve? Vancouver Sun: Another generation of B.C. children has grown up in poverty: MORE


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Child and Youth News of the Week

CBC News: ‘A mother should never ever have to be put in this position’: Chilliwack mom on brink of homelessness Globe Newswire: $600,000 now available to former BC youth in care, from Youth Futures Education Fund Hope Standard: Free Rein Associates about to embark on poverty reduction plan for Hope The Star: No good MORE