Help for Young People In and Leaving Care
McGuinty Government Providing New Services and Supports to Help Young People Succeed
Ontario is helping young people currently in and leaving the care of Children's Aid Societies (CAS) transition to adulthood and succeed.
In response to the recently-released report from the Youth Leaving Care Working Group, the government is investing in new resources and supports, including:
- Raising the minimum monthly financial support to youth aged 18 to 21 to $850 -- an increase of $187.
- Providing $500 per month to youth aged 21 to 25 enrolled in OSAP-eligible postsecondary education and training programs.
- Introducing new mentorship opportunities for young people in care.
- Enhancing training for caregivers.
- Funding up to 50 new youth in transition workers to support young people leaving care.
Enhancing supports for youth in the province's care and helping those leaving make a smooth transition to adulthood is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to giving Ontario's young people every opportunity to succeed.
- Ontario is investing approximately $24 million in new resources and supports to help youth in and leaving care transition to adulthood and succeed.
- In 2011-12, an average of 17,868 children and youth were in CAS care each month.
- Since 2003, there has been a 3.2 per cent reduction in the number of kids in the care of CASs and almost 8,000 children have been adopted through CASs.
- In response to the Youth Leaving Care My REAL Life Book report, a private member’s bill was introduced in the legislature to designate May 14 each year as Children and Youth in Care Day.
- Read ‘Blueprint for Fundamental Change to Ontario’s Child Welfare System’: report from the Youth Leaving Care Working Group.
“Our government has listened carefully to youth in and leaving care. That is why, together with the Youth Leaving Care Working Group, we have developed new resources and supports that will help these young people handle the challenges that they face so they may reach their full potential.”
“The commitment to extend support for youth leaving care is a step in the right direction that can move Ontario forward as a leader in Canada.”