There are many supports available to young people who have been in the care of a children's aid society when they turn 18. If you are a youth who has been in the care of a CAS or you are leaving care and you want more information about the supports available to you, please contact your children's aid society.
- Youth who are 16 and 17 years old and who have left care can return to their children’s aid society to receive supports up to age 18 through the Renewed Youth Supports program.
- Once youth turn 18, they may be eligible to receive financial and other supports until the age of 21 through Continued Care and Support for Youth agreements. The monthly financial support to youth has increased to $850 a month.
- 60 youth-in-transition workers connect youth to services and resources in their communities. They also provide support and advice on life skills, such as money management and job searches to youth aged 16 to 24 who have left care.
- Savings from the Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent Program may help meet some of the needs of older youth. Through this program, youth also get help learning how to manage their money.
- Starting in the summer of 2014, eligible youth aged 21 to 24 who have left care can access prescription drug, dental and extended health benefits.
Support for post-secondary:
- Education championship teams also provide support. This could include mentoring or orientation programs to former youth in care to help with the transition to college or university. The teams include representatives from local school boards, children's aid societies, colleges and universities, community agencies and Employment Ontario.
- Youth ages 21 to 24 (inclusive) and enrolled in Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) eligible post-secondary education and training programs can get a $500 a month through the Living and Learning Grant during the school year to help with their living costs.
- Every university in Ontario has partnered with the government to provide 100 per cent of tuition costs for youth who are eligible for Continued Care and Support for Youth. A third of Ontario colleges also provide free tuition to eligible youth.
- Other financial supports for post-secondary education include college and university application fee refunds and bursaries, tuition grants, income exemptions, and loans through OSAP. Learn more about how the government is helping youth leaving care pay for their post-secondary education.
Other supports for youth in care:
- Ontario will strengthen caregiver training for foster parents and group home staff to better support youth as they transition to adulthood.
- School boards have been invited to submit applications to run pilot programs for youth in care or receiving CAS services in the 2013-14 school year. These programs will help students do better in school.
Ontario is developing a provincial Student Achievement Protocol Template to improve the ways school boards and CASs work together to support student achievement.
Learn more about resources and supports for youth in and leaving care.