Proclaimed by the province of British Columbia in 2011, BC CHILD AND YOUTH IN CARE WEEK (BCCYICW) is a time for everyone in communities across the province to stand in support and celebration of our province's incredible, diverse young people in government care. We are a working group* of youth, service providers and youth allies working together to provide resources to support service providers and other allies to children and youth in care to host celebrations in communities large and small all across BC.
Youth in and from care advocated for this week--now in its ninth year--so their brothers and sisters in care could grow up feeling celebrated for their diverse talents and accomplishments, surrounded by a supportive community who stands with them. They also wanted to raise awareness about the barriers they face and fight the stigma that comes with being a "foster kid." In celebrating this week, we hope British Columbians have some of the information and tools to celebrate and support our incredible young people every other week of the year, too.
Partner Agency Working Group: Ministry of Children and Family Development, Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks, Adoptive Families Association, the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC, the Federation of Community Social Services of BC, and the Representative for Children and Youth.