Growing Up, Children And Social Services Essay

835 Words Apr 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Growing up, children in foster care are faced with the uncertainty of what will happen when their 18th birthday arrives. With many not graduating high school, and little stability, emotional support or general 'life training ', foster children in Canada often fall into poverty when no longer supported by the system. Required to leave their foster homes at 18, most of these children have no clue how to pay bills, pay taxes, and upkeep a job and school at the same time, let alone cook for themselves (OACAS, 2012). Although Persaud and Norrington (2009) note they are given a monthly allowance if they stay in school, this allowance is not much more than what is given for a single adult on social assistance (Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, 2012). Many end up on social assistance or worse, homeless. Fergusun and Wolkow (2012) have noted that foster youth are at a higher disadvantage than those from biological families when it comes to education. Not only are they sometimes switched out of their native school during the school year, but there is also a lack of communication and understanding between schools and the child welfare system that can cause delays in enrolment and loss of school files. Fergusun and Walkow (2012) suggest that this, along with the emotional stress and trauma foster youth face, causes them to fall behind their peers. According to Flynn, Tessier, and Coulombe (2012) as well as OACAS (2012), 81% of Ontario 's population graduate high…

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