Social, health, and economic outcomes after leaving government care

The purpose of this survey is to gather statistics on people who have aged out of care to how their life has gone after they become independent. This survey has questions about demographics, housing, employment, health, experiences in care, and conflict with the law. For people who are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit, it asks about your connection and knowledge of your Aboriginal culture.

This information is important because Children’s Services does not follow up on youth who have aged out. We don’t know how many people have struggled and how many have had successes. This survey can inform us on how experiences in government care are related to adult experiences. It will help identify policies or practices that need to be changed in the child welfare system. It can push the government for improvements.

Who can take the survey?

To be eligible for the survey, you need to be able to say ‘Yes’ to the following statements:

  • I am 35 years of age or younger.
  • I have aged out of the child welfare system, OR I am currently aging out of care.
  • I am currently living in southern Alberta
  • I am not able to receive PDD supports (Persons with Developmental Disabilities).

The survey will typically be done over the telephone. However, we can make arrangements to do the survey in-person through appointment. When organizations start to re-open we will be able to set up drop-in times at a specified location.

You will receive $20 to thank you for your time.

Your rights as a participant

This research is completely voluntary. If you decide to take the survey 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. You can learn how to take the survey here.