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 Young Adults Program will continue to receive support. This is good news for youth in government care.
“We’re pleased that the government listened to the voices of youth,” commented Susan Russell, Fostering Change’s Campaign Organizer. “Aging out during the COVID-19 pandemic magnifies the risk of youth from care becoming homeless and sick.”
Last week, Fostering Change launched a petition calling on government to be a better parent to youth aging out of care. The petition has already gathered over 550 signatures.
Fostering Change is a campaign by and for youth from government care hosted by First Call.