If You're a Child or Teen In Care
You may be dealing with a lot of different feelings because you need to live with another family for a while. Please know that every effort is being made to:
- Keep you safe
- Help you stay connected with your family
- Help you return to your family home or another permanent home as soon as possible
While you're in care, there's a team that supports you – it includes your social worker, your foster family and community supports. These adults have a shared responsibility to make sure you're protected and that you know your rights.
- What foster families need to do for kids
- Joint Educational Planning and Support for Children and Youth in Care: Cross-ministry Guidelines
Every kid in care should know their rights – if you would like them explained to you, ask your caregiver, social worker, or anyone else you trust, to explain them to you.
All children in care have the right to:
- Live in a comfortable home with adults who care about you
- Proper food and clothing
- The same quality of care as other children in foster care
- Know about your care plan
- Say what you think about important decisions
- Privacy – especially when talking to family members or when discussing personal things
- Have your own personal items
- Be free from physical punishment like spanking or hitting
- Know what's expected of you and what will happen if you don't listen
- Get medical and dental care
- Do social, recreational or religious activities that you choose
- Stay connected with your family, culture and community
- Have access to an interpreter, if needed
- Talk to people who can support you like the Representative for Children and Youth or the Ombudsperson
- Know your legal rights and the supports available
Indigenous children also have the right to receive guidance, encouragement and support to learn about and practise their Indigenous traditions, customs and languages, and to belong to their Indigenous communities.
Read more about the rights you have as a child in care and how to speak up and be heard.
- Your Life, Your Rights - A Guide to the Rights of Young People in British Columbia
- Know Your Rights - A Guide to Rights for Young People in Care (PDF, 1.0MB)
- This Is Me and I Have Rights - An Activity Book for Young Children in Care (PDF)
- Youth Rights – Ontario Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
Find guidance, tips and advice to help navigate the exciting, yet difficult time of becoming an adult and going out on your own.
Youth Agreements offer an alternative to teens (16 to 18 years old) who feel at risk in their current care arrangement and there’s no parent or other adult who can take responsibility for them.
You may be eligible for scholarships or bursaries or financial help with training and education costs if you were in care.
- StudentAid BC: Youth Educational Assistance Fund for Former Youth in Care
- Agreements with Young Adults