Green Shield Canada's Social Surplus Program helps youth transition out
TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario Association of Children's Aid
Societies (OACAS) is proud to announce the launch of a new and
innovative program that supports youth transitioning out of care. The
new Crown Ward Aftercare Benefits Program will provide additional help
for youth leaving care and living on their own, starting in January.
The Crown Ward Aftercare Benefits Program, funded by Green Shield
Canada's Social Surplus Program, can be used by youth who were in the
care of a Children's Aid Society and who turn 21 in the next two years.
The program offers confidential support around the clock, helping youth
with personal and emotional difficulties, career coaching, money
management, understanding health and nutrition, legal matters and more,
at no cost to the youth. Professionals offer practical, relevant
support quickly by phone, in person or online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week. Participation is completely voluntary.
When youth served by Children's Aid Societies turn 21, they must become
fully independent, often before they are ready, and without the support
of a caring family. They have many more responsibilities than other
young people in Canada - they are expected to manage a household on
their own, balance a budget, pay for living expenses, and work a
part-time job - often while trying to attend school. Green Shield
Canada and OACAS recognized that there is a great need to provide
additional supports for youth leaving care and living on their own.
What does this program mean to former youth in care? It means that they
have access to a short-term counselling and support service that
connects them to a professional who can help. During their time in
care, youth are connected to resources such as social workers,
community services and programs but when they leave, those supports no
longer exist. Youth can feel lost and alone.
"Turning 21 is scary because it means that you no longer have access to
the help you need. This program is very important because you can call
or connect anytime for advice or answers to tough questions. It's about
having support like other youth who live with their families," said
Jade Maitland, YouthCAN coordinator and former youth in care. "A big
thank you to Green Shield Canada for funding a much needed program."
"Green Shield Canada's Social Surplus Program enables access to health
and social support services for the most vulnerable members of our
communities. It is through initiatives such as the Crown Ward Aftercare
Benefits Program that we make a difference in our local communities,"
said Steve Bradie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Green Shield
Canada. "We are pleased to be a part of this program which offers
support to youth as they successfully transition to adulthood."
OACAS is pleased to partner with Shepell.fgi, who will provide the
services to youth.
About the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
Since 1912, OACAS has represented Children's Aid Societies in Ontario
and provided service in the areas of government relations,
communications, information management, education and training to
advocate for the protection and well-being of children. We are the
voice of child welfare in Ontario.
About Green Shield Canada
Green Shield Canada is Canada's only national not-for-profit health and
dental benefits specialist. We seek out innovative ways to improve
access to better health for Canadians. From coast-to-coast, our service
delivery includes drug, dental, extended health care, vision, hospital
and travel benefits.
SOURCE Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
For further information:
|Marcelo Gomez-Wiuckstern ||Sarah Murphy|
|OACAS ||Green Shield Canada|
|Communications Director ||Communications Manager|
|(416) 987-9648 ||(416) 221-7001 x.278|