Publication Topics: Children and Youth in Care


Letters and Submissions

Social Development Minister Simpson’s response to First Call letter and policy memorandum from youth from care

On November 24, 2017, First Call sent a letter to Premier Horgan and six cabinet ministers along with a policy brief developed with youth from care calling for action to enhance supports for youth leaving the foster care system. The brief, which was also shared with all BC MLAs, made MORE


Reports

2017 First Call Annual Report

December 2017 First Call is proud of what our coalition has accomplished in 2017. From holding government to account for BC’s child poverty crisis to amplifying the voices of foster youth, together we’ve done some amazing work to put BC’s children and youth first. Here are highlights of key successes, victories, communications and outreach MORE


Reports

Report on Youth Policy Solutions Day Partnership with Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change Initiative

On October 24, 2017, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition worked closely with the Vancouver Foundation’s Fostering Change Initiative to bring youth in and from foster/government care, and their allies from around the province, to Victoria for a full day of policy action. The October 24 Policy Solutions MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Op-ed: B.C.’s child poverty story needs to change

Published November 21, 2017, in The Province By Adrienne Montani A generational opportunity to change the child-poverty story in B.C. is knocking. The provincial NDP government and the B.C. Green party have committed to work together to design and implement a province-wide poverty reduction strategy. The new cabinet includes a minister MORE


2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Media release: November 21, 2017 Looking for Action to Change BC’s Child Poverty Story Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

October 2017 Monthly Update

Youth Policy Options Day – BC 2018 Budget Submission – Opioid Action Plan – and more! October 2017 Highlights this month include: First Call Youth Policy Options Day BC 2018 Budget Submission Call to increase child care outdoor play space BC Opioid Action Plan open letter First Call out and MORE


Letters and Submissions

Supporting youth ‘aging out’ of care in British Columbia: Recommendations for change and extended support

On October 24, 2017, a group of more than 60 youth from foster care rallied outside the BC Legislature to call for changes to the provincial foster care system. Earlier that day, several of these youth leaders presented a policy brief that features their key recommendations and expected next steps, MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call 2018 Provincial Budget Submission: Respecting Child & Youth Rights with Timely Investments

  First Call has submitted a written brief, Respecting Child & Youth Rights with Timely Investments, to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of their public consultation to prepare British Columbia’s 2018 budget. Each fall, the Committee drafts recommendations for the provincial budget based on the MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

A Coalition of Advocacy

John Kennedy The past few years have brought much greater public awareness of what youth in foster care face at 19 as they age out of the system, and what adequate funding and community support can do to prevent sudden homelessness—or worse—at that critical life transition. A growing body of MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Briefing Note to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen

On September 28, 2017, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition met with Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen, and presented the following briefing note to highlight our coalition’s priorities regarding child welfare and early childhood development, and MORE