Children`s charities will also help teens transition to independence in order to build lasting relationships, including, where possible, a one-on-one relationship with at least one mentor. The lasting relationship provides a home for the holidays, a place to call in an emergency and a sense of belonging. The importance of lifelong connections with adults that can provide long-term emotional support is crucial. For many adolescents who are in care, leaving care is the time when they struggle the most – and therefore desperately need consistency, stability, love and leadership. Caregivers considering a child or youth child care option should first discuss this option with the child welfare society caring for the young person. The Children`s Aid Society may offer a family reunion or case conference, and an assessment is required for caregivers. Caregivers are encouraged to seek independent legal advice to understand the impact of child custody. Short-term grants or other financial assistance may be available to support care. Then, a court order is made forming the custody order.
As a result, child welfare agencies often have to use non-Indigenous care homes and group child care facilities in non-Indigenous communities to care for children of Indigenous origin. If you cannot take care of your child for a period of time, or if a social worker wants to remove your child from their home, you can ask the ministry to house them with family or friends to care for them. You can arrange it through an agreement for the Extended Family Program. This is sometimes referred to as the VET agreement. This means that in 2016/2017, there was a monthly average of 696 children and youth in usual care in Ontario. Children`s Aid Services, in partnership with other community organizations, employ Youth in Transition Workers, whose mission is to help youth leaving care. The Transition Workers, funded by the MCCSS, help youth with their housing needs, provide skilled measures such as budgeting and cooking, and support their access to post-secondary education opportunities. One of the main supports that CASs offer to support the transition to independence is the Youth Continuing Care and Support Policy (CCSY). CCYS provides financial, emotional and other support to youth who have left care up to the age of 21.
The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services recently announced another option under the CCSY directive, called the Stay Home for School Agreement. This directive helps young people to live with their host family after the end of their 18th year of life until the end of their studies. Young people who are self-reliance also have access to health counselling and services through the Aftercare Benefits Initiative. The number of children of Indigenous origin who, due to child protection concerns, need to be housed by alternative caregivers far exceeds the number of alternative Indigenous retirement homes licensed. Kinship options are always explored for children who need protection before a child is placed in a nursing home or group home. . . .