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Fostering Change

This year in British Columbia, 700 youth in foster care will be cut off from many supports when they turn 19. Together we can make sure that young people leaving foster care have the opportunities and support they need to thrive as adults.

Fostering Change is an initiative of Vancouver Foundation to improve policy, practice and community connections for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. We’re working in collaboration with a growing set of partners to achieve our goal – that every young person leaving foster care has the opportunities and support needed to thrive as adults.

Fostering Change developed out of our long-standing interest in strategies to address youth homelessness. Given over 40% of homeless youth have been part of the child welfare system including adoption and foster care, Vancouver Foundation has committed to strengthening the support systems available to youth as they leave government care and transition into adulthood.

What we do

There are four pillars to our Fostering Change initiative to support young people leaving foster care. 

  • We make grants to develop innovative community services
  • We invest in efforts that engage youth in planning and decision-making
  • We support learning around promising polices and practices 
  • We grow public and community will for resources and relationships that will ensure successful outcomes for young adults

Youth Advisory Circle

The Youth Advisory Circle is a diverse group of young people between 17-24 years old with lived experience of being in government care and being homeless. These young people are "subject matter experts" on experiences of transitioning from care to adulthood, who with the support of adult allies, make meaningful contributions to all facets of our work. Members of the Youth Advisory Circle advise Vancouver Foundation's grantmaking, research, policy development and communications work in this area. They also plan and implement learning and networking events, including youth-led community dialogue and work with community organizations to increase the voice and engagement of youth transitioning out of care.

Visit the Fostering Change Website

For more information about Fostering Change, including stories from youth and community champions, news and events, resources and more, please visit: http://www.fosteringchange.ca