People with lived experience of the child welfare system (former youth in care) play a vital role in guiding our work and mobilizing community support.
We believe that young people are naturally innovative experts on young people’s needs and should be at the table regarding decisions that affect their lives. If you are passionate about child welfare, philanthropy and the work of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, read on to learn more about how you can get involved. We’d love to hear from you!
Members of our Young People’s Advisory Council (YPAC), and other advisors who have spent time in care, draw upon their lived and often professional expertise to provide vital insight and advice that helps us best support young people in and from care across Canada through our fundraising, granting and thought leadership activities. We seek new YPAC members once a year, and offer additional advisor opportunities. Please contact Rebecca Biglow to get on our Advisor List or with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 923-0924 X215
Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Child Welfare Ambassadors are important members of our team, helping raise awareness, advocate for change, and mobilize the public to take a stand and support young people in and from care. If you would like to draw upon your lived experiences and expertise as a speaker at our events or meetings with potential donors, or share your voice in our communications, please contact Rebecca Biglow to get on our Ambassador List, or with any questions: email@example.com or (416) 923-0924 x215
Event and office volunteers are vital to our work. We simply could not do what we do without them. All members of the community are welcome to join our team of volunteers, and having lived child welfare experience is always an asset. Please contact Rebecca Biglow to get on our volunteer list: firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 923-0924 x215
CRYSTAL – YPAC Alumnus, Ambassador, former youth in care
Thanks to resources made possible through Children’s Aid Foundation, I found a place where I belonged, where I made lasting friendships, and received the support that I needed to empower myself to move forward with my life. I can reflect and say, after my hardships, what follows is truly limitless.
CASSANDRA – Ambassador, former youth in care
I’ve been through a lot, but thanks to support from Children’s Aid Foundation, I graduated from college and plan on getting my Master’s. Youth in care need to know that it’s OK to make mistakes, and that no matter what they’ll always be supported. Children’s Aid Foundation helps to give me and other youth that support and a voice to make things better for other young people in care.
BREANNA – YPAC member, Ambassador, former youth in care
Access to education means everything to me; it gives me the possibility of creating a future that’s nothing like my past, even for my kids. Thanks to the support of Children’s Aid Foundation I earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Guelph with Distinction, and a postgraduate certificate in Human Resources with the highest GPA in my class. After graduating, also through the Children’s Aid Foundation, I was placed in an internship with RBC in Human Resources. I’m now working there permanently and I can honestly say that the internship experience changed my life.
JEMAL – YPAC Alumnus, Ambassador, former youth in care
Thanks to Children’s Aid Foundation, if I need housing support, educational funding or dental care, or even just someone to talk to, I’m able to reach out and get support. It’s important for youth to know that support is there, because some issues don’t arise while you’re in care, but when you transition from care, and you’re by yourself without any structure. Now I’m forging my own path.