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Celebrating Children and Youth in Care Day


May 14th was the third anniversary of Children and Youth in Care Day in Ontario, an annual day that recognizes the strength, bravery and resilience shown by young people who have faced adversity throughout their lives.

The declaration of this important day is one of a number of actions that have taken place within the Province designed to support these young people in reaching their full potential. Many youth, both currently and formerly in care, have become ambassadors for youth advocacy within the child welfare system. As active citizens, they have influenced policy and legislation, and played a key role in improving post-secondary options and financial supports.

Barbara MacKinnon, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, emphasized “We look forward to this special day both as a reminder of our responsibility to the well-being of children and youth in care but also as a way to showcase their many accomplishments and successes.”

This year, seven youth and two staff members from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa travelled to Toronto for the annual provincial Children and Youth in Care Day celebration, joining hundreds of children and youth from across the province. Youth Civics Day took place Tuesday, May 10 and offered youth the opportunity to attend Question Period and meet and talk with their local MPPs. Their participation in the day’s exciting activities is truly a testament to their commitment to improving the child welfare system.