Children`s Aid Foundation launches #five14 social media conversation to
give former youth in care a voice on Ontario's Children and Youth in
TORONTO, May 14, 2014 /CNW/ - According to the Children's Aid
Foundation, each year in Toronto alone, approximately 2,500 young
people struggle to navigate the process of transitioning from the child
welfare system to independent living and there is a growing need to
support young people who are aging out of care.
"Once young people leave the care system, typically around 18 or 19,
they are faced with few resources available to them and they do not
have the support of family to help get them on their feet," says
Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO, Children's Aid Foundation, a
national charity dedicated to providing services and programs to
children and youth involved with the child welfare system. "It becomes
a struggle for them to complete high school, secure housing, and find
employment. Investment in young people leaving care is key to helping
them transition successfully to independent living and giving them a
chance at a brighter future."
Transitioning to independence is just one of the many stories of
strength, bravery and resiliency of children and youth in care that the
Children`s Aid Foundation is sharing today with the launch of its
#five14 social media conversation, to give former youth in care a
chance to be heard and to be celebrated on Ontario`s Children and Youth
in Care Day.
Today, starting at noon until 5 pm, the Children's Aid Foundation will
post personal and inspirational messages and videos with the hashtag
#five14 via Twitter @cafdn.org and on Facebook at www.facebook/cafdn every 14 minutes from young people who have grown up in the care of the
child welfare system. In return, the Children's Aid Foundation is
asking followers to join the conversation, share social media messages
with five new friends for each posting and to make an online donation
of $14.00 at www.cafdn.org .
Every dollar raised today by the Children's Aid Foundation during
#five14 will help improve the lives of Ontario's abused and neglected
children and young adults currently or formerly living in the care of
the child welfare system.
Former youth in care
Valerie McMurtry, president and CEO, Children`s Aid Foundation
Wednesday, May 14 at 10:30 am
Children`s Aid Foundation
25 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON
About the Children's Aid Foundation
An astonishing number of children in Canada are at risk and need our
help. Many suffer in poverty, while others have been victims of abuse
and neglect. A staggering 76,000 of them live in foster homes or a
residential facility. The mission of the Children's Aid Foundation is
to fund programs that give them skills and hope for a promising future.
With the support of generous donors, the Children's Aid Foundation
works with child welfare agencies across Canada to provide funding for
programs and services in the areas of prevention, education,
enrichment, healing and recovery. Learn more at www.cafdn.org .
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SOURCE: Children's Aid Foundation
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