We are pleased to be participating in the 3Voices Conference today and tomorrow at McMaster University, which addresses emerging research and approaches in the field of child welfare, particularly developments that give voice to the children, families and communities receiving child welfare services.
This morning, our staff will be presenting our Fostering Rainbow Youth (FRY) program. FRY is a program created for LGBTQ2S+ youth in care. FRY exists as a direct result of youth advocacy demanding that their child welfare agency provide them with a program that met their specific needs of being both LGBTQ2S+ and a youth in care. The program was developed to focus on the four keys needs identified by the youth; building community connections, LGBTQ2S+ specific education, peer and social work support and safe social spaces. Congratulations and thanks to Heather MacKenzie (program creator) and Kelsey Williams, our staff who lead this program. And special thanks to Kailee and Maddy, current and former youth in care who are also part of the presentation.
Also thanks and congratulations to Kim Martin, who is presenting on the topic of Parenting Coordination in child welfare involved custody and access cases.
We are fortunate to have the McMaster School of Social Work in our community, doing such good work!