May 14 is Children and Youth in Care Day—a day dedicated to acknowledging the contributions that current and former youth in care make to the province, as well as their strength, bravery, and resilience in the face of adversity. Children and youth in care live in kinship, foster, or congregate care settings. They are children and youth who are unable to live with their primary caregiver. There may be a variety of reasons they cannot remain at home, though often their placement is temporary.
This important day was created because of the tireless efforts of young people in and from care and the stories and experiences they shared through the My Real Life Book report.
The Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS) launched the #ForgetMeNot campaign which is about sharing the stories of young people with experience in the system and reminding community, government, and service providers that these young people continue to need critical supports. They cannot be forgotten.
The below video was brought to life through the contributions of those with lived experience in the Ontario child welfare system.