Victoria Set to Launch Child and Youth in Care Week
Prince George, B.C. – Child and Youth in Care Week starts tomorrow and the provincial government is encouraging everyone to take notice.
“During Child and Youth in Care Week in B.C., communities, organizations and the B.C. Government will host a range of events to bring people together and recognize the incredible accomplishments of the province’s children and youth in care,” reads a government news release.
Those events will include the launch of AgedOut.com at the Friendship Centre June 3rd and a baseball game June 5th at Spruce City Stadium (for a full listing of events throughout the North click here).
Launched five years ago, Child and Youth in Care Week celebrates the talents and accomplishments of young people in care and recognizes the obstacles they face to survive.
“It is an unfortunate reality that children and youth in care often face more challenges and obstacles than many of their friends,” says Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux. “These young people have overcome difficult and sometimes traumatic experiences in their lives and yet they continue to persevere.”
As of December 2014, B.C. had approximately 8,300 children in care, including approximately 4,400 Aboriginal children.