More needed to help foster children who age out of care

Posted on February 19, 2019

Through our signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada is working to find adoptive homes for the more than 30,000 children waiting in Canada’s foster care system. The Toronto Sun spoke to the Foundation’s President & CEO, Rita Soronen, about how the program is making a difference for older youth at risk of aging out of care. Read the full article or view an excerpt below.

It’s a fact that most children over nine years don’t get adopted and it’s very rare for a teen to find a forever home, said DTFAC president Rita Soronen.

Since 2016, the DTFAC has served 735 kids, helping 194 get an adoptive home — with 75% of those over the age of nine.

“Our work is far from done,” Soronen said, adding she is pleased the province is continuing to partner with the agency to fund adoption recruiters.

“With our eyes focused on the future when every child has a permanent family, no matter their age. (Many times) these kids have given up on themselves. When they leave foster care and haven’t been adopted they are left to the wolves with no safety net.”

The province recently re-committed to working with and funding DTFAC adoption recruiters.

“Every child deserves a loving family and permanent home,” said Genevieve Oger with the Ministry of Children and Community and Social Services, adding the government is working “to build the capacity of societies to do similar work” (as the DTFAC.)

Jane Kovarikova, a former foster child, Western University PhD candidate and founder of Child Welfare Political Action Committee of Canada says “survival is not the same as success,” and governments needs to improve the poor outcomes kids in care face.


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