Written by Kristy Graves, a member of our Young Person’s Advisory Council and former young person in care.


Kristy and her mom

I have been labelled many things in my life, both good and bad. I am a daughter, sister, friend. I am a girlfriend, Christian, foster kid. Before this past week, one of my biggest identifiers was the label I wore as a foster kid — or a former young person in care. It’s not always a positive one and often comes with a lot of stigma and negativity. One of the biggest assumptions is that our past dictates our future, which translated to disbelief when I told people I was in university. This past week, however, I graduated with both my mom and boyfriend by my side. I now hold a Bachelor’s degree and a new title; one that I can wear with pride and use to end that stigma and disbelief that is so commonly associated with my time in care. Now, I am a graduate.

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The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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