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
MEDIA RELEASE Former youth in care and allies “19th Birthday Party” WHO: Youth from foster care, alumni of care, supporters and allies WHAT: A celebration of the resilience of youth transitioning from government care WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, August, 22nd – from 12 noon to 3pm. Over virtual platform “zoom” MORE
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
Today, First Call released the following anti-Black racism statement: First Call is committed to ensuring that Canada and BC live up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and that all decisions are made through the lens of children’s rights. We recognize that police violence against MORE
At our May 13 Coalition meeting, we heard from Dr. Behn-Smith, BC’s Deputy Medical Health Officer and Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor, about the impacts of COVID19 emergency measures on children, youth and their families. Dr. Behn-Smith’s presentation provided helpful information on how COVID19 is affecting the health of children and MORE
On April 23 the BC Coalition to End Youth Homelessness issued a Special Report on COVID-19 and Youth Homelessness highlighting impacts of the pandemic, some promising practices and making nine recommendations for provincial government action. Click here to read their report.
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
The BC Government’s March 20th news release announced supports for the child care sector during the COVID-19 crisis, followed by an FAQ document on March 25th. In response, the Coalition of Child Care Advocates BC (CCCABC) and the Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) have continued to raise important questions and concerns about MORE
This week, Fostering Change released a petition to take a stand with all youth who are in care and those who have aged out of care. Many of these youth are missing crucial support in this health crisis, and we are worried the “cliff” is more quickly approaching for our siblings and MORE
This week, the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) released Youth Substance Use Services in B.C. – An Update (March 2020). This report relates to the other ongoing public health emergency in B.C. as declared by the Provincial Health Officer in 2016 – the alarming number of opioid-related MORE
McCreary Centre Society has launched the report Balance and Connection in Fraser North: The health and well-being of our youth. This report profiles the health of students in grades 7–12 in the Fraser North region who completed the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey. You can access the accompanying PowerPoint presentation and MORE
Here is a story created by Child & Youth Mental Health Services in Vancouver to help young children understand COVID-19, what is happening in the world and how to stay safe. Social story to help children understand COVID-19.
HealthLinkBC released a list of resources about COVID-19 available in a variety of languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The resource explains what COVID-19 is, how to detect and prevent the virus, and answers frequently asked questions surrounding the virus. It also shares other websites and MORE
The Steering Committee of the BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food (BC-C4HSF) recently circulated a statement explaining that they see the impact that school food can have for all students, but especially students and families who rely on food at school. That’s why they are heartened to MORE
The Province of BC and the Adoption Council of Canada established the Adoption and Permanency Fund of BC to support individuals and organizations that are working to help British Columbia’s children and youth who are awaiting adoption and/or other permanent connections. The Fund is managed by the Victoria Foundation. The Adoption and MORE