On Monday the provincial government launched a new website, AgedOut.com, to help teens in foster care prepare for their 19th birthdays, when they lose all the support — such as foster parents, social workers and financial assistance — upon which they had come to rely.
The website, designed by former youth in care, gives advice on how to navigate life on their own, such as finishing high school and accessing government bursary programs; medical issues ranging from sexually transmitted diseases to depression; avoiding homelessness and tenants rights; getting a social insurance card or a driver’s licence; accessing employment services or going on welfare; leaving abusive relationships and finding community drop-in programs.
This article was originally published by the Vancouver Sun on June 1, 2015. Read the full article: ‘B.C. announces new programs for youth aging out of foster care’.