Many recipients fall through cracks
Sixty five per cent of homeless adults in Vancouver have been in foster care or have children in the system, according to a study commissioned by the British Columbia Federation of Foster Parents Associations.
Foster care is often a positive experience and offers respite from bad parents, according to one Vancouver woman who spent most of her life in and out of the system.
Char, 33, who did not want her last name used, spends her days in the Downtown Eastside feeding her drug habit.
She said she is where she is today because her abusive and alcoholic parents fought to get her out of foster care, only to expose her to violence and addiction.
"I think if I would have (stayed) in foster care it would have been better," said Char, whose 13-year-old daughter is in foster care, and has HIV.
"She’s better where she is," she said.
Melanie Filiatrault, president of the B.C. Federation of Foster Parents Associations, said youth in foster care often get lost after graduating out of the system.
"We would like to see a support system ... where there’s actually follow up (after graduation) and kids are supported until the age of 25 so they can move on to be productive adults," said Filiatrault.