Voices of Living Experience of Child Welfare

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Voices of Living Experience of Child Welfare

We have finally begun to acknowledge that the real experts on the child welfare system are the thousands of people who have experienced the system as children or youth. It is only by centering these voices and listening, truly listening to what they are telling us that authentic change can happen. We hope this page is a small part of honoring and elevating the thoughts, feelings and ideas of first voice experts. It will continue to be a work in progress and we welcome submissions from anyone who has living experience in child welfare, regardless of where in the world that was or for how long. Scroll down to the Add Your Voice section for the submit form!

To Listen To:

Premiering Today: “Letter to My Younger Self” Podcast Series!

We are so proud to be releasing this amazing audio produced in the summer of 2021 with the generous support of the OACAS! The journey of being and aging out of care is ongoing. It doesn’t end at 18, or 21, or 25, or at 29. Once you have become a child or youth with child welfare experience you are never NOT one, no matter how many years past. “Letter to my Younger Self” is an audio series that honours the wisdom and experience that comes decades later. With one episode per decade of age, participants who have all “aged out” look back and reflect on what they wish they knew then that they know now.

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Premiering Today: “Letter to My Younger Self” Podcast Series!

We are so proud to be releasing this amazing audio produced in the summer of 2021 with the generous support of the OACAS! The journey of being and aging out of care is ongoing. It doesn’t end at 18, or 21, or 25, or at 29. Once you have become a child or youth with child welfare experience you are never NOT one, no matter how many years past. “Letter to my Younger Self” is an audio series that honours the wisdom and experience that comes decades later. With one episode per decade of age, participants who have all “aged out” look back and reflect on what they wish they knew then that they know now.

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#14 Stories – An NTL Podcast

Stories of coping and resilience in COVID-19 crisis. For Children and Youth in Care, May 14th.

#14MoreStories – A Special 2021 Episode

View more #14Stories Podcasts here.

To Watch:

Never Too Late Youth Network

Hear from the NTL team about their youth network.

The Importance of Youth Networks

Hear from the ACO’s youth and their caregivers.

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To Look At:

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Add Your Voice!

We want to hear from you! Do you have a piece of work you want to submit? Do so at the form below.

Supports to Learn More:

View Resources from the ACO, Blogs, Newsletters & Webpages! Do you have a resource to share? Please use the contact form above!

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Blogs & Newsletters

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