Audio documentary produced in 2002 for CBC Radio Outfront and received Listeners Favourite Award. Recorded and edited by John Dunn. Used with permission.
As a child, John lived in foster care for 16 years, most of which were with his brother Ron Dunn. (Ron has been a bike courier in Toronto for over twenty years!) Both John and his brother were moved 13 times while in foster care. In 1988, when John was 18 years of age, he chose to leave foster care and live on his own. Approximately 13 years later, in 2001 when he contacted the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto to get copies of his own life records, he learned that Children's Aid Societies generally, as a matter of internal policy, do not provide copies of former foster kids' life records to them. John entered into a complaint procedure with the Society and was unsuccessful in getting copies of his records. John's discovery of how Children's Aid Societies treat former foster children is what inspires his activism today. This audio recording will take you on a thirteen minute, virtual subway ride through the life of a foster child.
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