In Conversation: Child Welfare and Youth Homelessness

Making the Shift

In response to the pandemic, some provinces and territories have placed temporary moratoriums on transitions from care. These measures have opened up opportunities to re-think what transitions should look like for youth moving forward. Youth who have had some type of involvement with child protection services over their lifetime are at increased risk of experiencing homelessness, and advocates have long argued more needs to be done to support young people during these times of transition.

Drawing upon emerging research and perspectives from the frontlines, attendees will learn about the long-term solutions that are needed to support youth when transitioning from care, ensuring no young person is prematurely forced out of care. The question we will address is: How can we build on some of the recent promising developments to collectively rethink our approach to child protection?

Join Dr. Melanie Doucet, PhD Social Work and MtS Scholar with Lived Experience, Senior Researcher and Project Manager at Child Welfare League of Canada, and Researcher with the Centre for Research on Children and Families at McGill University, Dr. Michael Ungar, Founder & Director of the Resilience Research Centre and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family, and Community Resilience, and David French, Managing Director of A Way Home Canada, in a rich discussion on how to stop the pipeline of young people from the child welfare system into homelessness through focus on wellbeing instead of keeping young people in survival mode.

Online May 14, 2021

11:00 am

- 12:15 pm

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