Sharing experiences of aging out

This project will be starting in May 2022.

We are inviting people to share their stories of aging out of child welfare. The purpose of this project is to learn about the specific challenges, resources, and successes that young people have experienced transitioning out of government care. We hope that you will want to share your first-hand knowledge of what works, what doesn’t, and how things should change. Your information will be used to create awareness, change legislation and policies, and improve practices so that future youth can benefit.

If you want to share your story, you can do so in any way you choose: through music, photography, art, film, traditional crafts, or just oral sharing. Blackfoot Elders will provide guidance throughout this project but people from all cultures are welcome. Any materials and equipment you might need will be provided. You will also have the option to share your stories through a public art exhibition.

If you have aged out of the child welfare system or are in the process of doing so, we invite you to share your experiences in any way that is comfortable for you. Please add your contact information to the sign up list below and we will be in touch when we are getting ready to start. Or you can call 403-317-2861.

Your rights as a participant

This research is completely voluntary. If you take part in the storytelling project, you have the right to:

  • Not answer any questions with which you are uncomfortable
  • Stop at any time with no penalty
  • Decide what to do with your information if you stop before it is completed

Please read the FAQs page so you know how we will protect your identity and information.