Youth (12 – 19)
All youth experience a range of challenges as they transition into adulthood, but youth in care face a unique set of circumstances. They haven’t had the same opportunities, experiences and role models as youth in the general population. Youth in care have poorer health, especially mental health, and have limited education and employment options as they grow older.
Only one in five youth in care graduates from high school, compared to three out of four youth in the general population.
The Representative strives to ensure services for youth in care leading up to and beyond the age of 19 to support a steady transition to independence.