Canadian provinces receive thousands of calls each year concerning children who may be in need of protection. Intervention from child welfare groups manages to keep the vast majority of these children with their families. However, for some children, remaining in their families is not an option and they end up in the care of child welfare services in the provinces. While many of these children eventually exit the system and become productive members of society, some do not.
Most of these youth have the odds stacked against them as they transition into adulthood. Success for All: The Economic Case for Investing in the Future of Canadian Children in Care argues that there is both a humanitarian as well as a compelling economic case for action. The high social and economic costs of doing nothing more indicates that Canadian governments, businesses and the general public have a collective responsibility to act.