The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown all our lives and communities into an unprecedented crisis. Our community’s most vulnerable youth are particularly at risk. Thanks to the support of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and the Ted Rogers Foundation DCAF is providing support to youth who are aging out of care. Positive Transitions for Youth ensures that transitional support, COVID-19 Community Assistance and Mentoring for Success available for those in need. The youth, as young as 18 who have aged out of the care of the child welfare system, no longer eligible for the support they received while living in foster care or groups homes. Similarly, they have no family to turn to for support.
Mentoring for Success
DCAF with the support of the RBC Foundation provides a Mentoring Program for youth. One-to-one mentoring is provided as they transition out-of-care and/or begin their post-secondary education. During these often difficult years, youth are able to consult with adult mentors who can provide encouragement and guidance. DCAF facilitates the process to recruit and train up to 50 adult mentors. Mentors support a selected cohort of crown wards aged 15-21 years old in CAS care. Mentors connect with youth a few times each month. Mentorships are based on a two year commitment. Workshops and other activities are also supported as well by DCAF. For more information about becoming a mentor contact our Executive Director.
Most of us had some help from family, helping us make the transition to living independently. Many youth in the care of DurhamCAS have no family to help with finding, paying for and furnishing their first apartment. While the Ontario government provides funding to cover the cost of living for children in the care of CAS. There is very little support available once children turn 18. With your assistance DCAF helps in building a future for youth, supporting independent living when necessary. Support also assists with the high costs associated with obtaining a post-secondary school education and transitioning directly to the workforce. DCAF provides financial assistance for youth moving on to independence to help purchase the necessities such as pots and pans, toiletries, and furniture.
For more information contact our Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org .