On Fri. Nov.25th, at 10:15 a.m., JFCY lawyers will make submissions at the hearings at the Provincial Legislature, proposing recommendations for child welfare reform. 

JFCY’s efforts are led by Staff Lawyer, Niamh Harraher and Street Youth Legal Services Lawyer, Johanna Macdonald.

Niamh and Johanna will be joined by young people who are former Crown Wards and kids who lived in foster care.  

These youth will be sharing their experiences and ideas for how to improve Ontario’s Child Welfare system, specifically with respect to the law and issues around youth leaving care as they get older. This is the first time that Canada has had youth-led hearings on these issues.

For more info, check out the official event website, produced by youth organizers from the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. 

Also, check out this article from the Toronto Star, where some of the young people involved share their stories.