One-Stop Shop Resources

 

These resources were designed by groups from Ontario, from Canada and from other countries to help support youth as they transition to adulthood.  Many of them encompass the categories listed above.

Passport to Success
Hastings CAS
This multi-faceted guide helps youth transitioning out of care and their caregivers to gain the knowledge and skills necessary in the preparation for independence.  The guide covers everything from advice about how to get I.D. documents, nutrition and shopping, making choices about drugs and alcohol, education, relationships, recreation, and much more.

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
The YSB has assembled a number of helpful web links for youth in transition, including links related to community services, jobs, health services, housing, mental health services and youth justice. (En français)

FosterClub Transition ToolKit
FosterClub is a national network of Youth in Care in the United States.  They have created a helpful toolkit, with worksheets to help youth secure their current and future plans in the areas of finances, jobs, life skills, identity, permanence, education, self-care and health, housing, transportation, community, culture and social life. They also organize a Transition Club for youth who are getting ready to think about life after foster care.

BC Ministry for Children and Families
The BC government has assembled a number of useful tips about how to obtain ID, how to create a budget, provincial student loans and bursaries, how to get a doctor, even how to be an effective communicator and a good self-advocate.

ServiceOntario Twitter
To help you navigate the Ontario government’s many services, ServiceOntario has created a Twitter page with helpful suggestions that can apply to many situations: getting a health card, learning to drive or registering your vehicle.  You can even tweet them a question and they’ll be happy to help!

Ready for Life – Beyond Foster Care
This organization was formed to provide youth aging out of the US foster care system with a strong safety net of resources and services.  The group acts as a link between supportive services and the youth that need them.  They provide helpful resources about education, employment, health, housing, legal, life skills, safety, substance abuse and transportation.

Building Families and Supporting Youth to be Successful Act 2011
The Act formerly known as “Bill 179” brought about new changes to the Ontario Permanency Funding Policy Guidelines. The changes allow CASs to provide youth whose care was terminated at 16 or 17 with supports until age 18. The policy came into effect on September 1, 2011.  A helpful brochure from FACS Waterloo helps to explain the changes more clearly. (En français)

Thesite.org
This UK-based website is an online guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds. They provide non-judgemental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs.  They also have a discussion board where youth share about the issues they’re experiencing and hear from their peers.

National Care Advisory Service
The National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) is a UK-based organization that provides advice, support and advocacy for young people transitioning out of care. NCAS provides services to young people aged 13– 25, their child welfare agencies, and their workers.  The organization encourages participation from youth and their workers to help share information, best practices and influence policy direction.

Directories

211ontario.ca
211 is an information and referral service that provides information about community and social services. When you dial 211, you are connected with someone who can answer your questions, and advise you about the local services and programs that are best for your needs. There are two region-specific 211 sites as well, including Toronto, and Halton.
(En français)

Information London
This online directory has information about social services available in London, including services for health care, housing and financial assistance.  Information and services for groups with particular needs, such as immigrants, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and youth are also provided.

Barrie Public Library
The Barrie public library has a searchable database of community services, including: child care, community legal services, employment and training, financial assistance, government services, health services, housing, sports and recreation activities, support groups and volunteer opportunities in the Barrie area and Simcoe region.

Windsor-Essex.info
Windsor and Essex County has created this website to help its residents connect with organizations, programs and services.  On this site, you will find resources that will help you to live, learn, play and work in your community.

Quinte Youth Unlimited
This website contains links and phone numbers of resources serving youth in the Belleville and surrounding area.  If you’re looking for help with your addiction, or just looking for the nearest skate park, this site can help.