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YOUNG PEOPLE IN PROFILE: ALISHA

ALISHA, February's Young Person in Profile, entered foster care following her mother’s challenges with substance abuse. Moving between foster, kinship (in the care of relatives), and group home placements, she ...
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YOUNG PEOPLE IN PROFILE: BRITTANY

BRITTANY, January's Young Person in Profile, entered foster care at the age of 12 following her mother's mental health challenges. Moving between foster and kinship placements, she struggled to establish and ma...
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A Foster Mother Reflects on the Holidays

*Pictured above: Stacey's children and foster children waiting for Santa. My name is Stacey, and becoming a foster parent changed my life. In October of 2007, my husband and I decided to enroll in the re...
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YOUNG PEOPLE IN PROFILE: BREANNA

For many youth from care, education is often a key to breaking cycles of past abuse and neglect, and building a foundation for future employment and financial independence. Unfortunately, with the added stresso...
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YOUNG PEOPLE IN PROFILE: CASSANDRA

May 14th marks Children and Youth in Care Day across Ontario. This day of celebration, initiated by the “Our Voice, Our Turn: Youth Leaving Care Hearings”, honours the strength and resilience of the nearly 67,0...
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Never Too Old for Family

Originally posted on the Adoption Council of Ontario, #TheFamilyEffect Series I sat with my daughter at a University Open House. As she looked around the auditorium she stated “Everyone here is with thei...
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The Evolving Self

Written by Cheyanne Ratnam, @CheyRatnam, a member of our Young Person’s Advisory Council, former young person in care, CaFdn Ambassador, S.S.W., B.S.W., M.S.W. Now that August is here, it's becoming more of a ...
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Choosing Between Family & Education

Written by Cheyanne Ratnam, @CheyRatnam, a member of our Young Person’s Advisory Council, former young person in care, CAFDN Ambassador, S.S.W., B.S.W., M.S.W. The following post was written in response to a b...
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Family (v.)

Written by: Cheyanne Ratnam, former child in care, CaFdn Ambassador, S.S.W., B.S.W., M.S.W. Candidate If one were to look in the dictionary or google the term ‘family’, the definition would be categorized un...