Access to post-secondary education expanded for former youth in care

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Great news! On Tuesday March 14th, the province of BC announced that former youth in care in B.C. of all ages will have their tuition waived for post-secondary education. Read the full press release…

Fairness for Children Raised by Relatives has been advocating for this (and other important changes) and we are very gratified to see some results of our efforts to heighten awareness of kinship families and the children we raise.

Since Fairness for Children Raised by Relatives first came together as an organization less than two years ago, we have been relentlessly advocating on behalf of kinship children and families, elevating awareness and amplifying the message that our children matter too! We have presented impactful submissions to the Province of BC’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Budget Consultations in both 2022 and 2023, along with letter and phone campaigns to MLAs around the province.

We are here for you… and are very excited to see the voices of our families being heard! And know that our young people will be afforded the same opportunities to be all they can be!

“Our government wants to ensure that all former youth in care can access post-secondary education and skills training, which will open up doors and opportunities and help them to thrive,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. “Removing the age restriction for waived tuition will reduce barriers to post-secondary education, support people in pursuing good-paying and meaningful jobs, and support a more inclusive, balanced and diverse workforce.”

Read the full press release…