MLA Throness celebrates Children and Youth in Care Week

‘Together we can help change the stigma,’ says Opposition Critic for Children and Youth in statement

Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent and Opposition Critic for Children and Youth, says the 10th annual Children and Youth in Care Week in B.C. is worth celebrating.

“For a decade now, B.C. has dedicated this week to breaking down the barriers and ending the stigma that surrounds children and youth in care, as well as recognizing and celebrating their amazing talents and accomplishments,” MLA Throness said in a statement from the BC Liberal Caucus on June 4.

“What makes this initiative so amazing is that it is largely driven by the youth themselves,” Throness underlined.

It was kids in care who pushed to have the week recognized officially back in 2011 so they could help create a supportive community that empowers those in care, and helps them realize their full potential.

This year’s logo was also designed by a youth in care.

“I would also like to thank all staff and support workers who care for and support our children and youth in care, especially during these trying times.

“So please take a moment this week to help raise social awareness for children and youth in care using the hashtag #BCCYICW2020.

“Together we can help change the stigma surrounding youth in care and give equal opportunity to all children across our province.”

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