Relationships Matter for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care


Webinar Presenters

Melanie Doucet
PhD candidate, McGill School of Social Work

Melanie Doucet is a PhD candidate at McGill University’s School of Social Work, and a recipient of SSHRC and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral scholarships. She is also the co-founder of the Montreal Youth in Care Alumni Student Association (MYCASA), a peer support group for former youth in care pursuing post-secondary education. As a former youth in care and academic, Melanie's main research interests are rooted in issues that affect youth in and from foster care. Her doctoral research examines the pathways to supportive long-term relationships for youth exiting government care at the age of majority.

Cara McGonegal
Collaborator, Child Welfare League of Canada



Relationships Matter for Youth 'Aging Out' of Care is a collaborative photovoice project led by Melanie Doucet, who is a former youth in care, alongside eight former youth in care between the ages of 19 and 29 from the Greater Vancouver area. Using images captured by the young co-researchers and their accompanying captions, Melanie’s project takes a closer look at meaningful supportive relationships in the lives of young people in and from care, and how those relationships can be developed and nurtured over time.  

This webinar is intended to help professionals learn about and engage with: 

  • 8 of the 12 relationship-related themes emerging from the photography;
  • 34 concrete recommendations for improving child welfare policies and practices