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Leaving Care and the Transition to AdulthoodInternational Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice$
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Varda R. Mann-Feder and Martin Goyette

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630485.001.0001

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Indigenous Youth Leaving Care in Canada

Indigenous Youth Leaving Care in Canada

Lessons from Our Past and Present

(p.243) 12 Indigenous Youth Leaving Care in Canada
Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood

Elizabeth Fast

Zeina Ismail Allouche

Marie-Eve Drouin Gagné

Vicky Boldo

Oxford University Press

This chapter critically examines the notion of Canadian Indigenous youth leaving care by arguing that all forms of separation, including adoption, should be analyzed through the lens of ongoing colonization of Indigenous peoples. Several immediate and long-term practices are examined, some of which call for greater support for Indigenous ways of caring for children, urgent measures to address poverty in Indigenous communities, cultural planning for Indigenous children who are currently separated from their families and communities, and ways of supporting Indigenous youth in transition to adulthood who are looking to reconnect with their families, communities, and cultures.

Keywords:   Indigenous youth, transracial adoption, Canada, child welfare, custom adoption, kinship, Sixties Scoop, leaving care

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