What is the Problem?

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43% of homeless youth were previously involved with child welfare. (i)
Only 46% of youth in foster care graduate from high school, compared to an 83% for the general population. (1)
70% of youth who are homeless have experienced some form of abuse. (ii)
About 57% of youth coming from child welfare are unemployed and those who are employed are living below the poverty line. (iii)
50% of adolescents coming from juvenile justice systems will be homeless within six months because they lack life skills, have limited education and no social support.

(1) www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/breakingthecycle/report/2012/appendix.aspx
(i) Raising the Roof: Youth Homeless in Canada: The Road to Solutions, 2009
(ii) http://www.covenanthousetoronto.ca/homeless-youth/facts-and-stats
(iii) http://provincialadvocate.on.ca/documents/en/25istheNew21.pdf

The Cycle of Dependence

Youth who leave the care system have a lack of supportive role models, lack of guidance and exposure to other ways of life. Furthermore, those who need support are often the youth who do not access services because of distrust and previous negative experiences with the system.

A cycle of dependence on the system is created.

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