What is Youth in Care Canada?
It is a national, charitable organization driven by youth and alumni from child welfare authorities across Canada. There are over 70 provincial and community level youth in care networks that exist in Canada!
Sandra Noel is the Director of the Northwest Territories on the board of Youth in Care Canada. She works with the directors from other provinces and territories to improve the lives of all youth in care.
"My name is Sandra Noel, I am the Director for the Northwest Territories at Youth in Care Canada. I applied for the position because I want to help make a difference in children’s lives who are in care. I myself, was in foster care for 9 years in the north. I can relate to many of the different reasons why children go into care, and I know the areas of the foster care system. I am in the process of receiving the rest of my foster care records from the Territorial Social Programs of the GNWT.
My role and goals as Director for the NWT at Youth in Care Canada, are to reach out to organizations, maintain current relationships with partners, raise awareness of issues for youth in care, and fundraise so Youth in Care Canada can continue to do good work. I want to learn as much as possible, and utilize the skills to keep helping others, throughout my life. I am grateful and honoured to be a part of Youth in Care Canada.”
Want to get in contact with Sandra?
Email her at
How to get Involved
1) Become a member
You can become a member of Youth in Care Canada whether you have experience with the child welfare system or not. Join as a youth in care, alumni from care, an individual without experience in care, or as an organization.
youth in care
age 14 - 18 = free membership
individual not from care
$60 membership fee
alumni from care
age 19 -29 = $20 membership fee
$300 membership fee
alumni from care
age 30 + = $30 membership fee
2) Join a Committee
Volunteer to join a committee such as Research and Education, Membership, Finance and Fund Development, or Communication. Email for more information and to join a committee.
3) Join the Board of Directors
There is a limit of 2 directors per province / territory, so currently there is one vacancy for NWT. To join, you must:
Be 18 years of age or older;
Be a current or former youth in care of a Canadian child welfare authority;
Be a member of YICC in good standing;
Submit a complete Board of Directors Application Form;
Submit the contact information for 2 references.
Youth in Care Canada
Youth in Care Canada exists to voice the opinions and concerns of youth in and from care.
Their vision is that all young people in and from care across Canada know their rights and receive standardized, high quality care that meets their diverse needs.
Some provinces have their own networks of youth in care. See below for links to their websites. Many of these organizations offer programs and services to and by youth in and from care.
Voices: Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network
New Brunswick Youth in Care Network
The Voice: Youth in Care Newsletter Project
Ontario Youth Community Advocacy Network
Saskatchewan Youth in Care and Custody Network