Agreements with Young Adults
This is the primary way youth get support after 19. We have the cost estimate guide here, which the Ministry uses to assess how much a youth can receive. We have the Policy and Procedures document as well. They also have a Life Skills certification Q&A sheet to understand how organizations get certified as a life skills operator.
In 2018, we submitted an FOI request for the number of youth receiving AYA.
In August 2018, we led a teach-in with youth to show issues with the system and how advocacy works. Check out our Teach-In manual here. We also distributed it on Policy Solutions Day.
A 2014 master's thesis from the University of Victoria: Improving the Post-Secondary Educational Outcomes of Former Youth in Care: University Modes of Support.
A comparison of tuition waiver programs in the US: Tuition Assistance Programs for Foster Youth Pursuing Postsecondary Education
Youth-Led Organizing - A report from Foster Youth in Action (US) which explains our model and why we believe our approach is different.
Service Standards and Policy
In late 2018, we submitted an FOI for a chunk of the policy manuals that social workers refer to regularly. Here's what we got:
- Aboriginal Policy & Practice framework in BC
- Assessing and Supporting Out-of Care Providers
- Caregiver Support Services and Standards
- Children and Youth Care Policies (Child Welfare Policy) Part 1 and Part 2
- Family Support Services Agreements
- Permanency Policies (Child Welfare Policy)
- Chapter 3: Child Protection Response Policies Part 1 and Part 2
- Chapter 4: Permanency for Children and Youth
- Policy: Investigations of Contracted Agencies
- Policy: Screening and Assessment of Caregivers in Contracted Agencies
- Resource Work Policies - For use with Family Care Homes
- Standards for Foster Homes (1998 but amended October 2018)
- Standards for Staffed Children's Residential Services Part 1 and Part 2
- Standards for Child and Family Development Service Part 1 and Part 2
- Standards for Youth Support Services and Youth Agreements Part 1 and Part 2
- Aboriginal Operational and Practice Standards and Indicators 2009 Revision - Operational Standards Part 1 and Part 2
- Working with Service Providers and Collateral Contacts