Alex Smith, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and youth speak about the challenges of living in foster care and the need for investing in the education of foster youth. This video provides a way to help spread the message about the challenges of transitioning from care and how individuals and organizations can help.
Bark Lake Leadership Retreat On September 7th-9th 2012, YPAAG (Youth Policy Advisory and Advocacy Group) members spent 3 days together at the relaxing and beautiful Bark Lake Leadership Retreat. This year YPAAG welcomed several new members to the team! Members developed new friendships while demonstrating their leadership qualities through various team building activities such as
An enthusiastic group of youth from Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region got together to create a video entitled ‘Youth Leaving Care’. The video captures the realities of being a youth in care facing the prospect of ‘aging out’ of the child welfare system. It is their attempt to add their voice to
My REAL Life Book The Youth Leaving Care Hearings were the first public hearings organized and run by young people at Queen’s Park, the home of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth partnered with dozens of volunteers — all young people in and from care — to hold
2012 Strengthening Family-Based Care. Response to the request for advice on strengthening family-based care from the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare. On February 11, 2012, 15 members of YPAAG met in Toronto. Part of the group’s time was spent on developing responses to the questions asked by the Commission. As a large group, the
2011 Letter of thanks from the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare to YPAAG for their recommendations related to issues faced by youth aging out of care. Click here to download.
2010 Child and Family Services Act Review. The Youth Policy Advisory and Advocacy Group welcome the mandated 2010 review of the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA). This process allows for valuable input from youth in care in Ontario and the opportunity for positive changes to be made to the Act. YPAAG believes that there