DURHAM
FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION

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Whether you're a new foster home or kinship home or if you have been one for many years, we encourage a close partnership in fostering for the best interest of our children. All foster parents are encouraged to work with natural Parents when it is for the child's best interest. We encourage Foster and kin Parents to maintain accurate records and keep open lines of communication with anyone involved in the child's life. Foster and kin parents should maintain good records and documentation that pertains to the children in your care. Educate yourself on your rights and your children's rights. All Foster Parents should take the opportunity to get to know each other and lend support to one another. Your F.P.A. works with all foster and kinship parents as partners for the best interest of children. We welcome your opinions, concerns, ideas and want to hear from you. Foster and kin Parents are encouraged to get to know what your F.P.A. is all about. We understand that your roll as foster and kin parents can be very demanding and can cause quite a conflict at times. As partners we will share knowledge, experience and skill to help problem solve and to become the best we can be. Your Foster Parent Association looks forward to meeting you at our monthly meeting. The monthly meeting is held on the second Thursday of each month. Send us an email if you would like a friendly reminder of our meetings and we also invite you to take the opportunity to join in on our message board. For Information on upcoming events and meetings.

   Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent (OCBe)  

In 2008, the government of Ontario introduced a provincial wide initiative to assist children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies to become more successful by providing funds, which are the equivalent to what low income families with children, would receive by way of the Ontario Child Benefit. The initiative is a fund based program that is designed to support the following short, medium and long-term outcomes: Higher Educational Achievement; Higher degree of Resiliency; and Smoother Transition to Adulthood. 

 Living and Learning Grant

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) in partnership with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), has established the Living and Learning Grant (LLG) which will provide $500 a month (to a maximum of $6,000) during the school year to youth ages 21 to 24 (inclusive) who are enrolled in OSAP eligible programs and were formerly in receipt of, or eligible to receive Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY). In addition to the LLG, MTCU provides additional supports to youth transitioning from care who are enrolled in post-secondary education and training including the Ontario Access Grants for Crown Wards and the 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care Program.   

 Continued Care and Support for Youth

(CCSY) Policy Directive On May 15, 2013, the new CCSY policy directive came into effect replacing the Extended Care and Maintenance (ECM) Program. Through CCSY Program, youth ages 18, 19 and 20 will continue to receive financial and other supports from their CAS. This program and the support offered is intended to help Youth will continue to enter into an agreement with CAS which is renewed yearly until their 21st birthday. Youth will receive a minimum of $850 per month in CCSY support which may be provided directly to the youth, on their behalf (rent) or a combination of both. The monthly support is intended to address their basic needs, food and shelter. CAS’s may provide additional support for other items such as first/last month’s rent, start-ups costs, health benefits, etc. Students in special circumstances If you’re a student with specific needs, you may be eligible for additional funds – from OSAP or other sources - to help pay for your postsecondary education. 

OCBE - Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent Fund

On June 26, 2008, the Minister of Children and Youth Services announced that the Provincial Government will provide new funding to Children’s Aid Societies for children and youth in care which will be equivalent to the Ontario Child Benefit.

Activities Fund:

Through the Activities Fund component of OCBE, children and youth in care between the ages of 0 and 17 will have greater access to recreational, educational, cultural, and social activities. 

Savings Fund :

Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent Pooled Fund: When a youth turns 15 years old, money is deposited into a Savings Fund which can only be accessed when the youth turns 18 years of age. These funds are to assist with the transition from care to independent living and can be used to pay last month’s rent, to purchase furniture, or for tuition in post-secondary school. To gain access to the Savings Fund, each youth must first complete Financial Literacy Training. FINANCIAL LITERACY ONLINE TRAINING    FINANCIAL LITERACY ONLINE TRAINING FINANCIAL LITERACY ONLINE TRAINING FINANCIAL LITERACY ONLINE TRAINING FINANCIAL LITERACY ONLINE TRAINING FINANCIAL LITERACY ONLINE TRAINING  

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On January 1, 2018, legislative amendments to the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) to raise the age of protection were proclaimed. These amendments include the Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA) for youth who are 16 or 17. This cohort of youth is not in the legal care of a society, but they are provided with supports comparable to youth in care, and the society is responsible for the maintenance of youth in a VYSA. The provisions concerning the age of protection are carried forward in the

Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA).

On April 30, 2018, an amendment to Ontario Regulation 257/09 under the

Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent Act, which expands OCBE eligibility to include youth in a VYSA, will come into force. 

This website would not be possible without the help and support of foster and kin parents. We  gratefully appreciate your support. Thank you from your F.P.A.

 

Contact Us At:   durhamfpa@gmail.com  

 

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