Factors that Promote or Hinder a Youth In Care Network

A Report from the Field

  • Amanda Keller McGill University
  • Melanie Doucet McGill University
  • Jennifer Dupuis Le Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l' Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal
  • Jessica Dupuis Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
  • Varda R. Mann-Feder Concordia University

Abstract

This report describes the evolution of an independent youth-led organization for youth in and from care in Quebec. The emergence of CARE Jeunesse is presented and compared with two other networks in Canada. Factors that promoted and hindered its development are discussed particularly as they apply to issues outlined in the youth engagement literature. The board of CARE Jeunesse, comprising former youth in care, wrote this article with the participation of a university professor who is an adult ally to the alumni of care movement in Quebec. This report is the first publication that provides an account of the processes associated with developing a youth in care network in Canada.

Author Biographies

Amanda Keller, McGill University

PhD Student, Department of Social Work, Centre for Research on Children and Families

Melanie Doucet, McGill University

PhD candidate and Sessional Instructor, McGill School of Social Work

Research Assistant, Centre for Research on Children and Families

Jennifer Dupuis, Le Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l' Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Clinical Activity Specialist

Jessica Dupuis, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada

Community & Fund Development Manager

Varda R. Mann-Feder, Concordia University

Professor, Department of Applied Human Sciences

Published
2020-02-12