Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
It is hard for foster kids to finish high school. Only 32 percent graduate by age 19.
Foster kids move a lot. They change homes and schools often. This makes keeping up at school difficult.
The BC government stops supporting youth in foster care at age 19. They must start paying for their own costs. Getting a job becomes the most important thing. Going to school is harder.
Read the PDF and do the exercise
Visit the WCR links
- Read the first article in the series, “Foster care and education in BC”.
- Read the second article in the series, “Successful foster kids: Chris Tait”.
- Read the third article in the series, “Successful foster kids: Bayleigh Marie”.
Visit the links
- Read more at the Vancouver Sun: From care to where? A continuing need for support.
Watch the video
- Watch this video and learn the story of a former foster kid, Kali Rufus, now 21 years old.
Many people think foster kids should be supported until they are 21 years old. It would help them finish high school and get more training. That would help them get better jobs with more income.
Robert Davidson started in foster care at age 16. His mother died.
Davidson wants to be a nurse. He is a good student.
He graduated from high school. He is 19 years old.
He is working removing asbestos. He is trying to save up money to go to school.
“The work I do is labour, pretty much,” Davidson said. “I wish the pay was more so I could save up for school.”