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Supports for youth in care extended until March 31, 2022 | BC Foster Parents Association

YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS COVID-19 SUPPORTS

Update on MCFD Temporary Support Measures

TEMPORARY HOUSING AND SUPPORT AGREEMENTS (THSA) 

NOW AVAILABLE UNTIL MARCH 31, 2022

Youth in foster care, living with someone other than their parents (out of care placement or extended family program placement) or living in a community resource will be able to temporarily stay where they are past their 19th birthday.

Youth on Independent Living Agreements and Youth Agreements will continue to receive their monthly living expenses past their 19th birthday.

 AGREEMENTS WITH YOUNG ADULTS (AYA) 

CHANGES TO THE AYA PROGRAM ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

The AYA program extended temporary supports to make it easier to access life skills and rehabilitative or mental health programs. Changes include fewer participation hours, the inclusion of a new cultural learning opportunity, and the ability to participate in AYA for online programming.

 DID YOU KNOW…

 You can be on a THSA and on AYA at the same time? Connect with a worker or your community support for more details. 

If you are eligible for AYA, but cannot meet the program requirements (like the hourly requirements), talk to a worker or community support about applying for an exception. 

NEED SUPPORT? WANT TO LEARN MORE?

 Talk to someone at your local Delegated Aboriginal Agency or MCFD office or call 1-800-663-9122.

Visit the Government of BC for more resources at www.gov.bc.ca/covidyouthsupports.

Visit AgedOut.com, the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks or the Representative for Children and Youth for additional supports.

Visit the Telus Mobility for Good Program web page to see if you qualify for a free phone and 2-year data plan. 

Know your rights in care.

Reach out if you have a concern about the complaints process for children & youth receiving services from MCFD.  

Need help accessing a resource? Connect with a worker, friend or family member.

Phone

Main:
604-544-1110

Toll-Free Foster Parent Line:
1-800-663-9999

Office hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Foster Parent Support Line (MCFD)​:
1-888-495-4440

Accessible weekdays from 4:00pm to 12:45am
Statutory Holidays & Weekends: 8:00am to 12:45am

EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS

Foster parents are encouraged to call this number in the event of an EMERGENCY or CRISIS occurring after regular office hours:

1-800-663-9122

REPORT CHILD ABUSE

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Visit the Government of BC website for more info.

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