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CHILD WELFARE ON THE BRINK: The kids aren't alright

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MSVU Rosaria Student Centre

131 Lumpkin Rd

Multi-Purpose Room

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

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The kids aren't alright. But they also aren't what's broken.

What really happens when you are raised by the state, and why?

This talk will:

  1. explore leading data on youth outcomes after care;
  2. analyze the youth policy rut;
  3. build a case for a cultural shift towards system-centred policy making, and
  4. discuss how to acquire change through advocacy.

This event is presented by the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) and Exploring the Criminalization of Youth in Care (ECYC). ECYC is a group of concerned youth workers, lawyers, social workers and academics who are exploring the link between care and youth criminalization.

The #Childwelfareonthebrink campaign calls on all Nova Scotians to contact their MLA and demand a better future for the children of this province. Vulnerable children and youth deserve to have their voices heard when decisions are being made that profoundly affect their well-being; they need and deserve an advocate.


Speaker: Jane Kovarikova

Founder of Child Welfare Political Action Committee

Jane Kovarikova


Child rights advocate Jane Kovarikova grew up in foster care since the age of six and began living on her own at age 16. Understanding the unique circumstances and challenges faced by youth-in-care inspired an ongoing academic and professional commitment to bettering youth outcomes. In 2009, she graduated with MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Later, her advocacy as Chief of Staff to an opposition member of provincial parliament was instrumental to developing legislation that will reduce youth homelessness in Ontario. Currently, Kovarikova serves as the Vice President of Simcoe-Muskoka Family Connexions and is a PhD Candidate at Western University in the Department of Political Science.


Where: Rosaria Student Centre, Multi-Purpose Room

131 Lumpkin Road

When: June 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

There is no cost to attend.

Questions? Contact Kristyn.Anderson@iwk.nshealth.ca for additional information.


FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If you're not familiar with MSVU campus, check out the map before you get here. There are four pay and display units (coin and credit card only) at MSVU:

  1. At Rosaria Lot #2 located near the McCain Centre 3rd floor entrance.
  2. In the parking lot between College Rd and the Aboriginal Student Centre.
  3. At the corner of Evaristus closest to the large parking lot.
  4. At the bottom of the Steps in front of the EMF

We encourage you to arrive early if you are driving, as parking near the Rosaria building may be limited. Consider carpooling, or taking public transit.

Bus routes 39, 80 & 90 can be used to travel to and from MSVU (routes 81, 82, 135 & 196 also serve the area but will stop service before our event ends).

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Save a tree! However, if you're bringing guests, please make sure everyone attending is registered on Eventbrite beforehand. We want to make sure we have enough chairs for everyone, and ensure that we don't exceed the capacity of the room.

I know someone outside Halifax who can't get to town for the event. Can they watch from home?

Yes! We are livestreaming this talk. Check the NSCSW Facebook page that evening for a link to the live video.


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