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States. Each of these jurisdictions has enacted a comprehensive legislative
framework for youth aging into the community.
The study paper offers some broad comparisons between British Columbia
and these four jurisdictions. These comparisons are focused on several
areas of concern: transition planning, relationship-based support, educational
support and housing support. Australia, New Zealand and the United
States are (like British Columbia) all marked by the over-representation of
Indigenous children in care. The study paper examines efforts these jurisdictions
have made to address this concern and identifies some key reform
recommendations and initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for Indigenous
youth transitioning from care to community.
Finally, the study paper identifies trends in the legislation and highlights
some innovative practices for improving outcomes generally for youth
aging into the community.
BCLI has published this study paper in the hope that it will assist law and
policy makers, those working to improve outcomes for children and for
Indigenous children in care, civil society and interested groups in their consideration
of potential law reform measures going forward.
The Study Paper on Youth Aging into the Community was published as part
of BCLI’s Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act Project.
BCLI thanks the Law Foundation of British Columbia for supporting this
project and the members of the Child Protection Project Committee, who
reviewed the comparative research carried out in developing the study
paper and made many valuable suggestions on drafting the study paper.
Copies of the study paper may be downloaded for free from <www.