Connections for Life (Burnaby)
Many young people age out of foster care without being adopted by a family; this poses extra challenges as they navigate the road to becoming an adult in this complex world.
The purpose of this workshop is to increase awareness and understanding amongst youth workers in community agencies regarding the needs of young people aging out of foster care - for developing support networks and reconnecting with biological family. This full day workshop will target youth workers in a variety of community agencies. The focus of this workshop will be:
- To help youth workers gain a perspective and understanding of the need for youth to develop long term support networks as they move into their adult lives
- To learn strategies to help youth build networks of unpaid individuals who will commit to being part of the youth's life into the future
- To help youth workers understand the importance of the connection to biological family for youth who have aged out of the care system
- To learn strategies to help youth re-engage with their biological families in a way that is safe
Facilitator Jen Hillman worked at the Adoptive Families Association for 27 years as an Adoption Support Counsellor, PASS Counsellor, and Adoption Key Worker. She is an adoptive parent and now also a grandmother of three.
**This event is free due to funding from the Adoption & Permanency fund of BC
7342 Winston Street
Burnaby, BC V5A 2H1