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Many young people living in Ontario’s residential settings in the child welfare, youth justice and mental health systems have told us they want to have an active role in their own health care and treatment decisions, but often find that their decisions are either made on their behalf, or not always respected by their caregivers, or both.

Youth in these settings have said they:

  • Are sometimes forced into treatment
  • Cannot always get the treatment they want
  • Have had their personal information disclosed without their consent
  • Have been placed on too much medication
  • Have little to no information about their health and treatment

I Do Care was a project created in response to these concerns.

As a way to identify issues in the care system and change policies, practices and values that keep young people from making their own health decisions, the I Do Care project works collaboratively to strengthen young people’s capacity as decision-makers to build a system that supports young people around health rights and health decisions.