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Youth Status

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Protection Services For 16 And 17-Year-Olds

Voluntary Youth Service Agreement (VYSA) is a mutually-agreed upon contract to identify ongoing support from CCAS to 16-and 17-year-old youths who qualify. It may include educational/vocational/employment programming, medical, dental and financial support, housing support and any other issues related to the youth’s circumstances. For additional information on Services for youth, view this brochure from the Province of Ontario.

Ready, Set, Go: Preparing Youth for Adulthood

The Ready, Set, Go (RSG) program replaces Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY) and focuses on transitioning youth into adulthood. 

CCAS seeks to support youth in developing skills and abilities necessary for adulthood based on the youths’ perspectives on their goals, progress, and views on what services and supports would help prepare them.  This includes promoting education, employment, housing and healthcare goals.

Highlights of the program:

  • Promotes youth voices and youth engagement in decision-making
  • Conversations begin at age 13
  • Planning begins at age 15
  • Age of transition has increased from age 21 to age 23
  • Independent Living Assistance – Monthly Financial Support
  • Comprehensive Health and Dental Benefits
  • Referrals to community partner agencies for services
  • Aftercare benefits initiative (healthcare 23 to 25)
  • Be referred to the Catholic Children’s Aid Foundation for additional supports
  • Education Support, RESPs, Support with OSAP applications, and Scholarship
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Know Your Rights

All children and young people receiving services through a Children’s Aid Society have rights that must be respected and a voice that must be heard. 

Find out more about your rights, who to talk to if you have questions, and what to do if you think your rights are not being respected, with the Government of Ontario’s

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