Keeping families that are enduring hard times together is hard but usually benefits children.
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Despite a series of federal measures requiring greater efforts to preserve family unity, many policies make life harder for people swept up in the system.
Most exit the out-of-home care system at 18, or younger, without ongoing support.
Children are removed from families and placed in care when we think they are being harmed or their needs neglected. But data shows the vast majority aren’t getting recommended health care.
AFN Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse and Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu listen to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller as he responds to a question during a news conference on Jan. 4, 2022, in Ottawa.
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In the next year, public support will be needed more than ever to ensure that the spirit of the agreement is respected and translated into meaningful change for First Nations children.
Reinvesting some of the $2 billion Ontario is spending could keep more families together.
For youth under state guardianship the state has assumed the role of the parent. But state parenting falls short of how most people would treat their children.
Public spending aimed at reducing poverty can lead to deep reductions in child maltreatment and could improve overall child well-being.
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Public investments in benefit programs could save tens of thousands of children from being victims of child abuse and have important later-life effects on child welfare and overall health.
Unaccompanied immigrant minors wait for Border Patrol processing after they crossed the Rio Grande into Roma, Texas, April 29, 2021.
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A record 95,079 child migrants had arrived alone at the US’s southern border by July this year. The US is legally responsible for these children, but it is struggling to give them adequate care.
Finances are a significant barrier to post-secondary education for people raised in care.
Education is a key to health, economic and social outcomes. So why don’t we make it easier for former youth in care to access post-secondary education?
Some college students have no home to return to.
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Even when the economy is strong, these young adults face economic hardship.
The legal order has struggled under a veil of invisibility for years. But research shows it provides better outcomes for many vulnerable children
Once they turn 18, youth in foster care are required to fend for themselves. This includes finding shelter and services.
The Ontario provincial government announced a moratorium on ending foster care at age 18 during the coronavirus pandemic, but this is due to end on March 31.
An early case will test Justice Barrett’s credentials as a favorite of religious conservatives.
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The case Fulton v. Philadelphia is about foster care. But questions over a decades-old Supreme Court ruling may have wider implications.
Movie star and comedian Tiffany Haddish, left, is a former foster child who now advocates on behalf of foster children.
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Visits between foster children and their biological families are being disrupted and reunification hearings delayed.
New research suggests that 20% of existing foster carer households may be affected in some way by the virus, and that we have a unique opportunity to support vulnerable children in the months ahead.
Children’s voices are being omitted from their care records, with devastating effect.
The system of ‘birth alerts’ across Canada perpetuates the removal of children from Indigenous families begun by residential schools. Pictured here: a historical report on residential schools released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
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To make meaningful progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, all provinces and territories should promptly follow B.C. and ban discriminatory ‘birth alerts.’
A trauma-informed lens asks people to shift from thinking ‘What is wrong?“ to 'What happened?”
In some Manitoba schools, educators are working to recognize that the most urgent need for children who have experienced trauma is to establish the child’s sense of safety in the school.
With the right support, women in prison or whose children are in care can breastfeed. But there are challenges.
Supporting mums in prison and whose babies are in care to breastfeed has benefits for mums, their children and wider society.
Every state bears the burden of the opioid crisis.
State governments are leading the charge against opioid makers over their role in the epidemic. A team of researchers at Penn State examined just how much the crisis has cost them.
Children who have darker skin wait longer on average to leave foster care.
In the US, black children wait longer to be adopted and cost less to adopt than white children.