Economic & Societal Structure Issues

Posted on October 2, 2017

Children in foster care have the odds stacked against them as they transition into adulthood. Lacking the financial and moral support that most Canadian children take for granted, they struggle to cope with the challenges of adult life. As a result, children in foster care are far less likely to graduate from high school than the average Canadian and have a much greater likelihood of suffering from mental health problems. Chronic unemployment, unplanned parenthood, homelessness, and incarceration are just some of the problems they encounter, with significant social and economic costs as a result.

Child welfare agencies throughout the country work hard to ensure that the children’s basic needs are met while they are living in the care of the state. However, these agencies lack the resources necessary to help these children succeed as they “age out” of care. This briefing argues that there is both a humanitarian and a compelling economic case for action.

Success For All: Investing in the Future of Canadian Children in Care, (The Conference Board of Canada, April 2014)
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What Good Data Mean for Black Youth in Foster Care (The Globe and Mail, July 2018)

Protect Privacy of Foster Children (Toronto Star, July 2018)

Forcing Faith-Based Agencies Out of the System is a Disservice to Women (The Hill, July 2018)

Homeless Child Welfare Wards (Winnipeg Sun, July 2018)

Children Committing Serious Crimes Just to Find Something to Eat (AU News, July 2018)

Abuse, Neglect, and a System that Failed: The Tragic Lives of the Hart Children. Programs designed to protect children ushered six siblings to their deaths — and no one has been held accountable since their adoptive mother drove them off a cliff (Washington Post, July 2018)

How Toronto’s New Courthouse Could Jeopardize Fragile Youth Services (The Lawyers Daily, June 2018)

B.C. Closes Third Group Home for Children Over Staff-Behaviour Concerns (Globe and Mail, June 2018)

B.C. Child Representative Has Grave Concerns About Oversight of Group Homes (National Post, June 2018)

Separated Migrant Children in Foster Care Are Now in Limbo After Trump’s Immigration Order (TIME, June 2018)

Separations End, but Foster Care, Shelters Remain Overwhelmed (Boston Globe, June 2018)

More Separated Migrant Kids Arrive at Foster Care in Harlem (NY Post, June 2018)

Child-Welfare Experts Alarmed by Family Separation at U.S. Boarder (CTV News, June 2018)

Separating Children from Parents at the Boarder Causes Lifelong Damage (Harvard Medical School, June 2018)

I’m a Judge who Decides if Children Should be Separated from Abusive Parents. Here’s How Trump’s Immigration Policy Should Change (TIME, June 2018)

One Million Missing: Undercount of Young Kids in 2020 Census Threatens Gains (The Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2018)

Watch: Funding Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare with the Family First Act (The Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2018)

Report shows 23 deaths in Utah child welfare cases (Salt Lake Tribute, June 2018)

Number of Alberta Child Welfare Deaths Increased Last Year (Edmonton Journal, June 2018)

N.W.T. Government Faces Lawsuit Over Allegations it Failed to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse (CBC News, June 2018)

Babies Born to Teen Mothers in Manitoba’s Child Welfare System More Likely to be Placed in Care (The Globe and Mail, May 2018)

We’re Separating Babies from Their Teenage Mothers in Care, Perpetuating a Never-ending Cycle (CBC News, May 2018)

Foster Families Badly Needed Across the Province for Children and Youth with Complex Needs (CBC News, May 2018)

May is National Foster Care Month. These Types of Things Tend to Come and go, but it Urgently Deserves Attention (National Review, May 2018)

Report Explores How Kids Leave Foster Care (The Annie E. Casey Foundation, February 2018)

Canada lags when it comes to child hunger, violence: UNICEF ranking (CBC, July 2017)

Report shines light on poverty’s role on kids in CAS system (Toronto Star, August 2016)

Jury in Jeffrey Baldwin inquest puts onus for child welfare on the community (Metro News, February, 2014)

Inquest hears 103 recommendations to prevent another case like starved, neglected Jeffrey Baldwin (National Post, February 2014)

Children In Poorest Neighborhoods Most Vulnerable To Fatal Child Abuse (Huffington Post, April 2013)

UNICEF Child Well-Being Index: Canada Ranked 17th Out Of 29 Wealthy Nations (Huffington Post, 2013)

Adoption Attitudes Survey (Dave Thomas Foundation, 2013)