Foster care in crisis

Canada's foster care is a system in dire need of change. Families investigated on a whim, children too quickly apprehended only to end up in long-term government care that affects their entire lives. A look at programs that arm families and social workers with the right tools that put children first.

Canada is in shock after a plane crash in Iran leaves 176 dead, including 63 Canadians. Next week on Context, how Iranian-Canadian communities are mourning the tragic loss of life, on the heels of a U.S.-Iran conflict. 

And Canada’s foster care is a system in dire need of change. Families investigated on a whim, children too quickly apprehended only to end up in long-term government care that affects their entire lives.

A look at programs that arm families and social workers with the right tools that put children first.

Plus, our Indigenous communities have an inordinate number of kids caught in child welfare. What is being done about it?

This week on Context: improving foster care one child and foster family at a time. 

GUESTS

Mahesh Prajapat, Toronto Children’s Aid Society COO

Anna Amy Ho, Former foster child 

Jennifer Clark, Former foster child

Susan Levi-Peters, Former chief of Elsipogtog First Nation

Stephanie Joy Styres, Youth Worker in Six Nations, Ontario 

Crystal Lavalee, First Peoples Voices Producer

Jane Kovarikova, Child Welfare PAC Founder

Jennifer Francis, Safe Families Executive Director

RESOURCES

Safe Families Canada

Child Welfare PAC 

First Peoples Voices

Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

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