The provincial government is pitching in more cash to help kids aging out of the foster care system.
Children and Families Minister Stephanie Cadieux has announced $250,000 for a YWCA program called Strive, which helps 17-to-24-year-olds transitioning out of the system.
“Thanks, most especially, to all of the former children and youth in care who inspire us with their spirit,” Cadieux told reporters Friday, “and who will continue to overcome life challenges most of us can’t imagine to realize their very important dreams.”
The one-year-old program is also being expanded from its 12- to-14-week cycle.
The funding comes a week after a scathing report was issued by BC’s children’s advocate about a legally blind Aboriginal girl, Paige, who died from an overdose two years ago after aging out of foster care.
Cadieux had promised a rapid response team to help young people at risk in the Downtown Eastside.
She acknowledges one of the key problems over the past 20 years has been miscommunication between government agencies and other partners.
“There are many times where there are plenty of services available and lots of money being spent, but the services are not necessarily talking to one another the way they should.”
Cadieux adds work has already begun to implement other improvements to seal gaps in the system.