When she was six years old, her mother took her own life and ALEXANDRA was placed in the care of her aunt and later with her father, where she experienced abuse and neglect until she called her local Children’s Aid Society and asked to be put in foster care or to be put up for adoption. She then became a crown ward and remained in the child welfare system until she aged out of care at 18.

Like many youth in and from care, ALEXANDRA has faced housing instability for most of her life. Over the past year, ALEXANDRA has moved over 17 times due to various housing failures. This has resulted in her losing money, including in a housing scam where she lost $2,000 that was never repaid to her and another situation, in which she waited a month to move into a home she signed a lease and paid first and last month’s rent for only to find out on move-in day that she could not move in and had to start her search over again. The cost of moving trucks and temporary housing, mixed with immense stress affected her personal and work life. Without anywhere safe to call home, ALEXANDRA started to feel lost and her mental health was declining.

With the support of a housing grant from Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids Project, ALEXANDRA was able to afford first and last month’s rent for a secure living space. She has moved into a stable home and has started to put routine back into her life and to work on her mental health.

“This grant made it possible for me to leave an abusive relationship and move into a home where I have security and can re-begin my life.”

“Since moving in, I have started to feel more at home and I feel safe, which has helped my mental health and my success at work greatly.” – ALEXANDRA, former youth in care

Thanks to generous Canadians who’ve joined the Stand Up for Kids Project, ALEXANDRA has received support that is helping her to build a brighter future. Without this support, she says, “I could be growing my debt right now by having to pay for temporary housing, or I could still be surrounded by abuse.”

The Stand Up for Kids Project continues to break the barriers to a brighter future and create new possibilities for children and youth at risk of entering, growing up in, and transitioning out of the child welfare system. Learn more about the Stand Up for Kids Project here.

*Name has been changed to protect youth’s identity.

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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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