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Hi everyone. My name is Jane Kovarikova and I grew up in foster care. At age 16, I "aged-out" of the system and started to live on my own. After overcoming some tough lessons, I am now a doctoral student in political science (more details are pasted below). I am so grateful that people believed in me along the way.

Now I am asking for help to give the most vulnerable children in our communities a fair chance at a good life.

As you read, foster kids who leave the system are set up for very hard lives:
-homelessness
-early parenthood
-low academic achievement
-unemployment and poverty
-criminal justice system involvement
-poor physical and mental health
-loneliness

These are not the futures we would accept for our own children. And I personally know that it does not have to be this way. That is why your support is essential.

I incorporated a not-for-profit, the Child Welfare Political Action Committee Canada. The purpose of the Child Welfare PAC is to compel politicians to redesign the child protection system so that youth succeed after care.

Our group consists of professionals with lived experience in the system who beat the odds. We believe that an evidence-based and outcomes-driven child welfare system is the key to breaking the cycle and ensuring kids succeed.

This campaign will support advocacy activities. To start, we will host an annual event at the Ontario legislature to ensure the system is accountable for the children it is parenting.

Please donate if you agree that every child deserves an enriching experience in foster care that leads to success or help by sharing this link with your colleagues, friends and family.

For more information or to donate directly, please email me at: info@childwelfarepac.com

The system will not change without you!

Thank you for reading.

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Jane's Bio: Jane grew up in foster care since the age of six and began living on her own at age 16. Understanding the unique circumstances and challenges faced by youth-in-care inspired an ongoing academic and professional commitment to bettering youth outcomes. In 2009, she graduated with MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Later, her advocacy as chief of staff to an opposition member of provincial parliament was instrumental to developing legislation that will reduce youth homelessness in Ontario. Currently, Jane serves on the board executive of Simcoe-Muskoka Family Connexions and is a PhD Candidate at Western University in the Department of Political Science.

Some Resources:

My legislative committee testimony
Video: Keynote on Succeeding Survival
Report: youth outcomes after aging out of care
Video: Getting the politicians talking

Some Media:

The Star
The Star Editorial
AM640
Metro News
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Raised by 47 people in 17 months
Created June 13, 2017
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Elizabeth Miller
1 month ago

We first met J. when she was a teenager living in the residential facility where we worked. We hired her as a babysitter for our infant son and when she was approaching 18 asked her to come to live with us. She stayed with us for a few years, went on to post secondary education, moved out on her own, married and raised a happy family. She and her grown children and grandchildren remain a much loved addition to our extended family. J. has told us that when we asked her to live with us it was the first time in her life that she had hope for her herself. With proper support, there is hope for all children aging out of care.

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Anonymous
3 months ago
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Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
3 months ago

The work that Jane and the team is doing is so important and I am honored to be able to support it.

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5 months ago
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Catherine Maunsell
10 months ago

As a retired social worker who spent 36 years in the correctional system I know how important this project is. We simply abandon children at an extremely vulnerable age, undoing any good achieved by the fostering family. Best luck to you with your doctorate and your important research.

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