Successful foster kids: Robert Davidson

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Robert Davidson lost BC government support at age 19.
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Level 2

It is hard for foster kids to finish high school. Only 32 percent graduate by age 19.

Foster kids move a lot. They change homes and schools often. This makes keeping up at school difficult.

The BC government stops supporting youth in foster care at age 19. They must start paying for their own costs. Getting a job becomes the most important thing. Going to school is harder.

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Successful foster kids: Bayleigh Marie

Bayleigh Marie spent her childhood in BC foster care.Photo: Ward Perrin / The Vancouver Sun

Bayleigh Marie spent her childhood in BC foster care.
Photo: Ward Perrin / The Vancouver Sun

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Level 2

Bayleigh Marie lived in foster care all her life. She lived in 10 different foster homes. She lived in three group homes.

“When I turned 19, they gave me the boot,” said Marie. “They said I was grown up. Now go face the world on your own.”

Marie got help from Aunt Leah’s Place.

Aunt Leah’s is a not-for-profit organization. They help prepare foster youth to live on their own. They run a Link program to help them.

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Successful foster kids: Chris Tait

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Chris Tait lived in 30 different foster homes.
Photo: Jenelle Schneider / The Vancouver Sun

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Level 3

Chris Tait lived in foster care from the age of one. Tait is 22 years old now. He is an aboriginal youth.

He lived in one foster home until he was 13 years old. His five brothers and sisters lived with him.

At age 13, Tait moved to a new foster home. He was in grade eight. He left his
family, friends and familiar school.

“It really wasn’t a good time for anybody. I was separated from my friends and my whole old life. It was pretty wild actually.”

He lived in about 30 different foster homes until he was 17.

At age 17, he got a job and left school. He was in grade 11.

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