On Thursday June 19, LFCC hosted a number of participants from Journey Home – an interactive bus tour from Ottawa that asks participants to imagine a day in the life of youth in care. The tour is an initiative of the Adoption Council of Canada. Participants were greeted by National Service Dog’s Merel and Yzer, and were given a tour of LFCC. While at the Clinic, participants heard from a number of LFCC staff about the work being done to support youth in care. Participants from Journey Home also shared some of their own stories, highlighting moments of resiliency in youth that they have experienced or witnessed across Ontario.
LFCC staff were grateful for the opportunity to host the participants, and came away from the visit with a sense of determination about the work being done, and the road ahead. “Collaboration with other community organizations is so important right now as we strive to give youth a voice. It was really refreshing to engage with members of the community, and to be reminded of why we all do this work,” said Rachel Bezzina, Coordinator of the FASD Connect program at LFCC.
To learn more about the Journey Home initiative, you can visit their website here.
During the stop, LFCC staff were able to present a video to participants about their experiences of working with youth in care – and particularly working with youth involved in the justice system. You can watch the video that was presented below: