R.Y.S. – Renewed Youth Support
This program allows youth, ages 16 to 17, who have left CAS care, the opportunity to return to CAS for support, up to the age of 21. Please contact the Society if this assistance could be of help to you.
Aftercare Benefits Initiative
The Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI) is a comprehensive health and dental benefits program for former youth in care. The program provides a broad range of benefit coverage, including prescription drug, dental vision, extended health benefits, counselling, and life skills support services Learn more about the program’s health benefits here. Click here to learn more.
L.I.F.T. – Living Independently For Tomorrow
The Society is committed to ensuring that youth in care are given every opportunity to develop the necessary skills, which will enable them to achieve stability and permanency, and to successfully function within society. We offer innovative programs and services for our youth to meet unique needs, promote school success and create a network of enduring, supportive relationships.
In conjunction with the Child Protection Worker, Youth Services Workers develop specific, goal-oriented plans of service for youth pursuing independence, focusing on empowering youth with the skills and tools necessary for a successful transition from care to independence.
Youth Services Workers provide intensive and proactive services including individual and group counselling, crisis intervention, advocacy and one on one support.
LIFT hosts workshops throughout the year that provide specific information about a number of independence skills, such as a seminar on budgeting.
LIFT also hosts holiday dinners for youth and former Crown Wards who live independently. These events provide youth with the opportunity to share a meal with their CAS family and network with each other.
Youth C.O.R.E. – Conquering Obstacles Reaching Excellence
Youth CORE is an advisory group for youth in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk. Members are ages 14 and up. They meet monthly for peer support and social networking. Youth attend workshops throughout the year and organize fundraising events in order to give back to the community.
Youth in Motion
Youth in Motion refers to two youth hired part-time to coordinate youth centred activities for youth in care, and to publish a “Youth Zone” newsletter. Youth also attend a Board meeting each year to provide an update about their work.