THE ISSUE

Hundreds of thousands of kids in Canada are at risk of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Right now, there are approximately 67,000 Canadian children living in permanent care with foster families, extended family, or in group homes. 235,000 children and youth have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse and neglect. Sadly, this number is likely much higher as this only reflects the cases reported.

The reasons why children come into care are complex, but are never a child’s fault. They can include poverty, addiction, mental health challenges, isolation and lack of a parenting support network, and the legacy of intergenerational trauma.

These kids need our help. Because without support, they face incredible odds to a brighter future; less than 50 per cent graduate high school, and are 200 times more likely than their peers to experience homelessness; 82% of kids in care are diagnosed with special needs and nearly all have experienced childhood trauma.

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Average number of foster home transitions for children in care

82%

of children and youth in care have been diagnosed with special needs

67000

Canadian children living in permanent care


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