Have you heard of it? The moratorium on aging adolescents in care in British Columbia has been extended until March 2022. Youth will now be able to stay in their current Housing and Access Agreements with Young Adults (YYAAs) at the same time. There is still a long way to go to ensure that all young people in care receive adequate transitional support in the future. However, we celebrate this decision as it will ensure that no older child in British Columbia is affected by a pandemic – and homelessness. No. Any child or teen can contact us and talk to someone who can determine if we can help you. . “The pandemic has allowed them to learn more about how to improve accessibility and remove barriers to ensure more youth receive support,” said Charlesworth. I hope that this will continue after the pandemic because the department realizes that it is in fact meeting the needs of a population that it has never been able to meet before.
The League released a report last week calling on governments to issue policies and change laws so that young people can continue to be supported after the age of 19. Aging – This happens when a minor in state custody reaches the age of 19 and is no longer in the care of the Department of Child and Family Development. Other resources for former adolescents in care: agedout.com/ B.C. representative for children and youth made similar recommendations in a 2020 report entitled “A Parent`s Duty: Government`s Obligation to Youth Transitioning into Adulthood.” Youth Agreement (YAG) – A legal agreement between a young person aged 16 to 18 and MCFD to live independently. “We appreciate the government`s recognition of the risk of homelessness faced by youth leaving the health care system during the pandemic and responding to community advocacy to expand this support,” said Susan Russell-Csanyi, organizer of the Fostering Change campaign, organized by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. “This extension of interim measures is a concrete measure that we know will bring a sense of relief to many young people in care, as they know they will continue to be protected during the pandemic. We welcome and encourage the continued focus on homelessness prevention as an essential aspect of youth transition planning, so that all youth leave care at all times and know they have safe and sustainable housing. “About 225 young people a year are alone at the age of 19 due to the lack of support and barriers created by existing policies,” Russell-Csanyi said. Transition – The period during which a young person in care moves from state care to independent living. Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN) – A provincial, youth-focused, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth in care and in care in British Columbia between the ages of 14 and 24. State Care – Refers to anyone who has lived in nursing homes, group homes, child and youth mental health services, addiction facilities, child care centres, or independent living.
If you`ve visited one of these places, you may have had one of these custody statuses: youth agreements, expanded foster care, 54.1, current custody order, temporary custody order, voluntary custody order, Jennifer Charlesworth said the pandemic has prompted the Department of Child and Family Development to change some criteria so that more teens can receive support. Fostering Change asked the province to budget $30 million per year to provide automatic enrollment in assistance to leave state care, regardless of care status or time spent in care, and to base financial support on the needs of adolescents and their individual development. He wants this support to include housing options, nutritional support and psychological support for well-being. Badges – A visual representation of the activities you have performed on AgedOut.com. For every three badges you earn, you are entitled to a real benefit (as long as you are a youth in government custody or not in British Columbia and are 24 years of age or younger). “We are extremely pleased to hear that the government will extend the COVID-19 emergency response for next year,” said Sarah Stewart, co-chair of the Bc Coalition to End Youth Homelessness (BCCEYH). “As a coalition of young people with lived experience and youth organizations, we know that this news is received with great relief. BcCEYH`s goal is to end youth homelessness, and we see an important step in developing a youth housing strategy that includes unique and thoughtful planning for youth in and out of care.
We are committed to working with the government to ensure that our youth who are aging without care have thoughtful and caring plans and support over the coming year and years. “Susan and her team at Fostering Change led the advocacy for this cause.