Support for Youth Leaving Care

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StepStones for Youth

SPIRIT program – 416-893-5196

This 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
Tel: 416-536-7037
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

Tel: 416-462-1010

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
Tel: 1-877-338-3398
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.

Covenant House

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
Tel:  416-325-5669
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).