What would a good parent do?Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Youth in the care of Peel Children’s Aid need support to succeed
Imagine you reach your 18th birthday and are asked to leave your home. Now imagine you turn 21 and your financial and emotional support is cut off. This is the reality for youth in Ontario who are in the care of Children’s Aid Societies.
At Peel Children’s Aid when we develop programs and services for youth we ask ourselves what would a good parent do?
“It is universally understood that youth in care are not ready to leave a safe and stable home and live on their own while still in their teens,” says Geoffrey Katumba, Youth Success Coordinator, Peel Children’s Aid. “Not only does this increase their likelihood of failure, youth tell us they do better in a family setting and are not ready to live on their own at age 18. For youth to be successful we need to support them until they finish high school and acquire the life skills they need to develop into responsible adults.”