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Ontario Children and Youth In Care day is May 14

Published by John Suart on May 09, 2016

May 14th is the day we recognize the potential of Ontario’s children and youth in care 
We all need to work together to help them be everything they can be

May 14th is Children and Youth In Care Day in Ontario. It’s the day we recognize the thousands of young people across Ontario who are in the care of a Children’s Aid Society. They are growing up in foster care, in the care of extended family or in group homes. Some don’t have a family to call their own. 

Children and Youth In Care Day is about their future. It’s about what they can achieve. It’s about where they can go. It is about seeing their potential. They are more than just statistics or the many challenges they’ve had to overcome. They are so much more. And this is the day where we as a community resolve to work together to help them be all they can be. 

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At our Agency, we’ve been working with children and youth in care to help them unlock their potential.  For youth, we are providing financial support, helping with school, assisting them with starting a career and providing information they can use as they transition into adulthood. That’s one of the reasons why we introduced Youth Begin, a website designed to help youth in care and their supports to get all the information they need about everything from housing to health. It’s also why we continue to raise money for bursaries for youth in our care to go to college and university. We’re doing everything we can to give them a good start as they become adults. 

But it takes a village to raise a child. Our Children’s Aid Society takes care of children and youth on behalf of the community. In a sense, we’re all responsible for these young people. And we all have a stake in helping them to be the best they can be. That’s why your help is so important. 

Let’s mark Children and Youth In Care Day in Ontario by committing to do everything we can to help kids in care reach their potential.