The Study of Youth Leaving Care in France and Québec (SYLC) is a research project led by Martin Goyette, Canada Research Chair in Evaluating Public Actions related to Young People and Vulnerable Populations (CREVAJ), and supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in the context of his partnership program of research. This research program is being financed for seven years (2014-2021) and will allow for a better understanding of the iteration between the dynamics of out-of-home placement and transitions to independent living. In Canada, more than 200,000 youth per year receive ongoing services from a youth protection agency and more than 65, 000 are placed in out-of-home care. In Québec, annually, approximately 5, 000 youth leave youth protection agencies and make the transition to independent living. The project SYLC seeks to better understand the factors that impact on the future of these youth, by examining the steps they take as well as the supports and obstacles they encounter in their diverse transitions to adulthood. Concretely, the objectives of this research are to develop the knowledge base on youth leaving care in Québec and in France by undertaking a representative longitudinal stud. In addition, this project will provide a comprehensive evaluation of innovative practices and conditions that seek to engage youth in the definition and application of public policies that concern them.
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