Program for youth who have aged out of care grows
Published on: December 16, 2016 | Last Updated: December 16, 2016 5:08 PM PST
Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux. HANDOUT / VANCOUVER SUN
Since a support program for children who have aged out of government care was expanded in October, more than 70 young people have applied.
The Agreements with Young Adults program pays for living expenses of about $1,000 a month for former youth in care who are enrolled in a full-time educational, training or lifeskills program. It also covers medical premiums and extended medical. The Ministry of Children and Family Development could not say how many of the 70 who applied were approved.
In October, the age range for the supports was expanded to the 26 from 24, and the length of time a young person can receive the support was boosted from two years to four.
Young people in lifeskills programs were not eligible in the past, but they were added in October. Those programs focus on financial planning, employability, healthy living and other skills.
The ministry said a total of 686 young people received payments under the Agreements with Young Adults for the 12-month period ending Nov. 30, 2016. That is up from 534 the year before and 373 in 2012. About 1,000 young people age out of care each firstname.lastname@example.org