Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Dylan Cohen shares a personal story of life in and out of government care. He is an Indigenous former youth in care and campaigner for Fostering Change in British Columbia and a Contributor with EvidenceNetwork.ca.  Dylan seeks to create opportunities for youth in/from care across the country through advocacy and public policy justice. Interview by […]

In the fight for kids’ attention, parents don’t stand a chance

In the fight for kids’ attention, parents don’t stand a chance

Setting the conditions for good long-term health

Setting the conditions for good long-term health

Last year at a camp in southern New Brunswick I met Evan. Before turning eight, he had bounced from foster home to foster home. He was sent to camp without a bathing suit or sufficient lunch. Regardless, Evan smiled constantly, excelled in school and had a striking sense of compassion. I still think about Evan all the time — what allowed him to thrive in spite of the cards he had been dealt?

Why the federal government needs to keep its promise to end income-splitting

Why the federal government needs to keep its promise to end income-splitting

More of Canada’s children are living in poverty than ever before. A new report reveals that child poverty rates in Canada remain unconscionably high.

Canada has too many kids in care – and the situation is not improving

Canada has too many kids in care – and the situation is not improving

What happens to kids who authorities determine can’t live safely with their own parents or caregivers? Thousands of Canadian children are in this situation right now. Many go into foster homes, while others go into other types of out-of-home care on behalf of child welfare agencies. But we don’t know how many, nor do we know how well they are doing.

We need a radical new approach for kids in care

We need a radical new approach for kids in care

Six advocates for First Nations children have gone on a symbolic hunger strike at the Manitoba Legislature to try to raise awareness across the country about Manitoba’s broken child welfare system. Why? Well, here’s one fact that should make most Canadians sit up and take notice

Canada’s chance to catch up on drug safety for children

Canada’s chance to catch up on drug safety for children

Almost a year has passed since an important report was released on ways Canada needs to improve medicines for children. The report was commissioned by Health Canada and undertaken by the Council of Canadian Academies after many alarms were sounded by experts in the community.

It shouldn’t matter where you go to school, but for kids with diabetes, it does

It shouldn’t matter where you go to school, but for kids with diabetes, it does

Summer is a time to put thoughts of school aside, but some families are already worrying about September. For parents of kids with diabetes, the beginning of each new school year brings not only the usual preparations, but also fears for their child’s health and safety.

What I learned as a medical student working with low-income families in Toronto

What I learned as a medical student working with low-income families in Toronto

As a medical student taking part in a Social Paediatrics course at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), I was recently immersed in the lives and healthcare needs of low-income families in Toronto. This experience reshaped the lens through which I now view healthcare and helped me recognize that societal factors greatly influence the emotional and physical wellbeing of children and their families.

Measles outbreaks: When celebrities get in the way of science

Measles outbreaks: When celebrities get in the way of science

Will the cost of senior care in Canada one day break the bank? Probably not, contrary to common perceptions.