Support Youth Leaving Care

Improving housing stability for youth leaving care

When youth “age out” of the child welfare system as early as 18 years of age, they lose the supports they were provided with while in care. Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids Project is hel...
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Building futures in skilled trades

Children and youth involved in the child welfare system face many barriers to building a successful future for themselves, making pursuing meaningful employment seem like an impossible dream to these vulnerable...
Youth standing in front of RBC

Removing the barriers to lasting employment

When youth “age out” of the child welfare system between the ages of 18-21, many have little to no workplace experience and are entering a life of independence without access to the supports they are used to an...
Student holding notebooks and reading

Evidence-informed education support

Many youth in and from child welfare face multiple barriers as they work to achieve an education. If they’ve been in care and have moved from foster home to foster home, this can also mean moving from school to...
Student working with tutor

The Success in Education Project

Education is one of the most powerful ways to empower vulnerable children and youth to build successful, independent futures for themselves, despite the circumstances and barriers they have faced through no fau...
Grandparents reading to infant

Keeping families together through kinship care

When children come into the care of the child welfare system, they may experience being placed into a foster or group home. When possible, it is preferred to provide support to help strengthen families in order...
Youth wearing nursing scrubs and stethoscope

Paving the way for educational success

For youth in and from child welfare, achieving a post-secondary education can often seem out of reach. Even if they are able to overcome barriers to primary and secondary school success, as well as the lower hi...
Three youth cooking

Cooking Towards Independence

Teens who have grown up in the child welfare do not have the benefit of parental guidance to teach them about healthy habits. Very often, they leave foster care at the age of eighteen without having learned imp...
Three women at Thorncliffe Collaborative

Building healthy families that stay together

When a family faces challenges, the strength of their family unit can be compromised without access to support. Unfortunately, these challenges can create barriers to providing a nurturing environment within th...