Support for Youth Leaving Care
StepStones for Youth
Mentorship program – 416-893-5196
Our mentorship program focuses on youth aged 15-24, and offers participants the opportunity to develop critical life skills, and accomplish identified program goals by pairing youth with caring adult mentors. Youth in the program receive support with housing, life skills, employment, education and recreational activities. Youth are also eligible for a scholarship for up to 60% or tuition as part of this program.
Pelletier Youth in Transition
Assists youth between the ages of 16-24 to make successful progression towards independence by offering support, counselling and outreach programs. They offer a scholarship (The Ross Caradonna Education Fund) to help youth relieve some of the financial strains of Post-Secondary education. In order to be eligible youth must have been involved with Pelletier, StepStones for Youth or Arrabon programming.
For more information on The Ross Caradonna Education Fund:
Arrabon – Hope for Youth
29 Wilson Park Road,
Toronto, ON M6K 3B6
Roncesvalles Ave & King St W
Arrabon House is based in the Parkdale community and offers safe shelter, positive life skills, emotional support and an after care program to adolescent girls and young women. In collaboration with Pelletier Youth in Transition, Arrabon offers Hope for Youth an aftercare program which provides outreach to youth in need, crisis counseling and on-call crisis support, support group meetings, an advocacy function, and support to youth prior to discharge.
PARC – Pape Adolescent Resource Centre
PARC is a preparation for independence program serving youth in care and youth who were formerly in care in Toronto and the GTA. They work in collaboration with Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the Catholic Children’s Aid Society and Jewish Family and Child.
Aftercare Benefits Initiative
Former Crown wards and other youth who have left or are leaving care may be eligible to enroll in the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI) providing comprehensive prescription, dental, vision, extended health benefits as well as a range of counselling and other life-skills supports (depression care, financial planning, career coaching, legal advice and much more).
To determine eligibility visit: http://www.oacas.org/abi/
Streets to Homes Assessment and Referral Centre
129 Peter St,
Toronto, ON M5V 2H3
Queen St W & Spadina Ave
Assists homeless individuals in accessing permanent housing, assists with obtaining social assistance, accompaniment to appointments including social assistance, housing, health care, legal consultation, assists with rent negotiations, arranges long term supports for tenants and landlords.
20 Gerrard St East
Toronto, ON M5B 2P3
Tel: (416) 598-4898
Yonge St & Gerrard St E
Covenant House is a youth shelter for youth between the ages of 16-24. They offer 24/7 crisis care, education, counselling, health care and employment assistance within the shelter.
Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth
401 Bay Street, Suite 2200
Toronto, ON M7A 0A7
Toll Free: 1-800-263-2841
Queen St & Bay St
The Office of the Provincial Advocate reports directly to the Legislature and provides an independent voice for children and youth, including children with special needs and First Nations children.The advocates receive and respond to concerns from children, youth (including youth in state care) and families who are seeking or receiving services under the Child and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and Demonstration Schools).
The Children’s Aid Foundation Homebase Fund
This fund helps provide youth leaving the foster care system with safe and permanent housing. The fund provides youth with:
- First and last month’s rent to help secure safe, affordable tenancies;
- Emergency funds to assist youth when they are short on rent or need a place to stay during the holidays; and
- Storage for belongings until housing can be secured.
The Fund is currently managed by the Children’s Aid Foundation. It is available to young people being served by the six child welfare and youth-serving organizations in Toronto.
YouthRAP is a website intended to provide youth in care and youth living independently with an easily accessible, comprehensive source of information, resources, and services. The website has information relating to education, housing, employment, and other resources.
Friends and Loved Ones Fund
Run by the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, the fund provides support for youth by offering travel and accommodation assistance to young people from care aged 16-29 who would like to connect with their friends or loved ones or do not have a place to stay during the holiday season. This support is offered every year between October to December. Youth must be:
- in or from permanent care aged 16-29
- A Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Post-Secondary Scholarship/Bursary student living anywhere in Canada
- Those not currently receiving our post-secondary funds are also eligible if they were formerly in the care of a Toronto agency: Native Child & Family Services, Jewish Family & Child, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and/or the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto or involved with the Pape Adolescent Resource Centre, Eva’s Initiatives or Covenant House Toronto
Telus Mobility for Good
TELUS’ Mobility for Good™ program provides youth with access to a TELUS cell phone plan at $0 per month, which will include unlimited across Canada talk and text and up to 3GB of monthly data usage. Youth who do not have a phone will have the option of receiving a smartphone from TELUS. Young people are eligible if they are, or would have been eligible for Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY) at any Ontario Children’s Aid Society, AND are:
- Aged 18 to 26 at the time of application
- Able to pay any applicable overage costs (data or additional features)
- Willing to fill out surveys and share information with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and TELUS to help evaluate the program and measure its impact
- Able to sign up for a new cell phone plan within 4 months of applying to Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada