This resource is a guide for youth in care transitioning to adulthood. It is meant to be used by youth with their caregivers and children’s services worker to plan supports, provide information, promote skill development and create discussion.
Section 1: Being Proactive
It’s up to you to take control of your own life, and make choices that can position yourself for a better future. This section includes some helpful information about assessing reasons to be proud of yourself, becoming more self-confident, sticking up for yourself, and setting goals.
Section 2: Important Contacts
Knowing how to access services that can help you learn how to successfully live on your own is an important skill. This section provides helpful information and tools for contacting services.
Section 3: Getting Your I.D.
You’ll need specific types of identification documents in ordger to get a job, open a bank account, attend school or rent an apartment. This section provides helpful information about several types of ID and how to go about getting them.
Section 4: The Law
Laws exist to protect us, and it’s important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a citizen of Canada. This section outlines some laws you ought to be familiar with and what to do if you find yourself in trouble.
Section 5: Education
Having a good education can set you up for success for life. This section contains study tips, and how-tos about finishing high school and attending post-secondary school.
Section 6: Employment
A job can will give you the means to support yourself. A career can build on your capabilities and interests so that you can make feel good about your work. This section has helpful information about finding a job, getting career counseling, writing a resume, and aceing the interview.
Section 7: Housing
Before you look for a place to live, you need to know if you can afford to live on your own or if you should be looking for a roommate. All the practical things about finding and occupying a place are included in this section.
Section 8: Personal Safety
You really can never be too careful with protecting yourself these days. This section examines street safety, staying safe when out with friends, personal safety, staying safe online, home security and fire safety.
Section 9: Nutrition and Shopping
You are what you eat – and learning to eat healthily doesn’t have to be difficult. This section helps you decide what to eat, where to store it, and how to cook it.
Section 10: Health
Taking good care of yourself is about practicing good, healthy habits that will help to prevent illnesses. Eating right, exercise, having regular check-ups and leading a healthy lifestyle are all part of being physically well.
Section 11: Drugs/Alcohol
This section contains information about drugs, alcohol, smoking and other risky behaviours to help you make informed decisions and avoid harming yourself.
Section 12: Personal Hygiene: Health and Routine
First impressions are important to your future – whether it’s by a potential boss, friend or landlord. You will find some simple steps to keep yourself looking and feeling your best in this section.
Section 13: Recreation and Leisure
There’s lots of things you can do in your off-time; whether it’s a participating in a team sport, taking a class, or volunteering your time for a good cause. This section outlines some ways for you to get involved.
Section 14: Transportation
Learning how to get around in your hometown is a key part of gaining independence. Check out this section for some helpful tips on how to find out about public transit in your area, and how to navigate the system.
Section 15: Relationships
It’s important to have relationships that are supoprtive, respectful, and based on mutual respect and honesty. These can be relationshiops with teachers, employers, family, friends, workers. To learn how to assess a healthy relationship and navigate around the difficult times, check out this section.
Section 16: Getting Help
At some point in your life, you will need help with advice, finding a place to live, or blowing off steam. This section will help you plan for who you can contact when you need it.
Section 17: Financial Literacy
This section will help you to understand your finances – money – which will help you to establish goals and plan your future. From banking to budgeting, the basics of money management are covered.
Section 18: Developmental Assets
As part of your annual Action and Assessment Record, this checklist is designed to help you identify the building blocks for your healthy development. Completing the checklist with your worker will help you to figure out which areas you’d like to develop over the next 12 months.
Section 19: Extended Care and Maintenance
Once you reach the age of 18, your relationship with the Children’s Aid Society changes. It can be a scary transition, but there are supports available to you to help you have a smoother way forward into adulthood. The ECM can provide financial support, an ongoing worker, extended health care and other supports based on your need.
Section 20: Permanency
This Permanency Pact Toolkit was designed by the US-based FosterClub organization. It is a mutual pledge by a supportive adult to provide supports to a youth in care for a lifelong, family-style relationship, and a youth who needs a safety net.