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60 youth in care recognized at Graduation Day event

Published by John Suart on Jun 15, 2016
Children’s Aid Society awards a record number of college and university bursaries but more support required 

Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is celebrating the school graduation of nearly 60 kids-in-care from Grade 8, Grade 12 and college. The Children’s Aid Society says the annual graduation ceremony June 15th is more than just an event, it is a great victory for education and for the community. 

“This graduation is a triumph. For these young people who have strived so hard and had to overcome so many challenges. For our community, who have a stake in the futures of these kids. And also it is a triumph of the power of education,” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Family and Children’s Services has been protecting children from abuse and neglect since 1894. More than 90 percent of the children the Agency comes into contact with stay in their homes and receive services there. In fact, earlier this year, the Agency announced that the number of kids in care has dropped 40 percent in the last decade. Most of those taken into care are eventually returned home or to extended family or are adopted. A small number stay in foster care until they graduate from high school and begin to age out of the system. Children in care have a significantly lower chance of graduating from school than their peers. 

“Education is a major challenge for these young people. Many struggle with school. We work very hard to give them all the support they need to succeed. Graduation may seem commonplace to some, but for the kids in our care it is truly a monumental achievement,” said Woodman. 

Family and Children’s Services has also awarded $50,000 in college and university bursaries to 22 youth – the largest amount ever in the Agency’s 122 year history. Money for bursaries is raised through fundraising, and the Agency’s efforts to attract donations are not keeping pace with the demand. More support is urgently needed. 

“We all have a stake in helping these kids be the best they can be. We call on the community to support these young people and give them a chance to go to college or university.”

The Agency’s annual charity golf tournament in support of bursaries – Swing For Success – is set for Sept. 9. People wanting to know more about donating can get more information online at FamilyandChildren.ca