One day after B.C.’s children’s advocate slammed the government for a lack of social workers, the province announced more funding for young women at risk.
The Ministry of Health will spend an extra $250,000 for Covenant House on the Downtown Eastside, which provides shelter and mentoring to young people transitioning from being a child in care to joining the outside world.
At the shelter, CKNW spoke to 18-year-old Rae-Anne, who will soon age out of government care.
The teen says she fears turning 19, after reading the story of Carly Fraser, a girl who killed herself last year, less than 24 hours after she turned 19 herself and felt no longer able to draw support from the public system.
“When I read that story, I read it on Facebook, and I could really understand the feeling. The feeling of ‘I’m not going to get the help I need, I can’t do this alone, I don’t have family that can help me.”
Rae-Anne credits the support she receives from Covenant House, and knows there are supports available.
“The aging out of care network, the federation of children and youth in care network, they all have different programs that can help youth with that. We are so controlled by fear, and scared at what’s going to happen next that we’re not present in the moment and those organisations are willing to help you because we all care about each other in those ways.”