FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued today by Social Development Minister Bruce Fitch to highlight the annual Children and Youth in Care Day taking place on Nov. 29 in New Brunswick:

The day was first proclaimed in the province six years ago in partnership with the New Brunswick Youth In Care Network, which is supported by Partners for Youth. It has been held since then every year on Nov. 29.

The Department of Social Development values its partnership with the New Brunswick Youth In Care Network and appreciates the critical work they do to help bring forward the voices of children and youth across the province.

The Youth In Care Network plays an important role in engaging youth who are facing challenges in their lives and assisting them in becoming capable, connected, and contributing members and leaders of their communities.

Each year, as part of Children and Youth in Care Day, celebrations and activities with children in care are held across the province. This year, due to COVID-19, activities will be a bit different, but will still celebrate and champion children and youth in care.

I take this opportunity to thank Partners for Youth and acknowledge their recently published report on the New Brunswick Youth In Care Hearings held a year ago, on Nov. 29, here at the legislative assembly. This was a great opportunity for young people to raise awareness about lived experiences in care. We thank them for their valuable recommendations.

Together, the department and our partners at the New Brunswick Youth In Care Network, will continue to work for the betterment of children and youth in our province.