When you receive services from a company, you should expect support to identify and develop relationships that you feel are important and beneficial to you and that you want to keep for the rest of your life. Services are focused to help you stay in touch with your family, no matter what it means to you, your community and culture. You should have access to services and materials that respect your culture, as well as programs that will help you develop personally. As of January 1, 2018, children`s aid organizations are required, under the Child and Family Services Act, to make the full range of protection services available to all eligible youth in the year 16 or 17. This is a big step forward for young people who cannot live safely at home. At the end of the day, not all young people who are referred to a children`s aid society need protection. Child protection staff use the range of rights to determine whether a child, youth or family needs services. One hundred and sixty-nine of 16- and 17-year-olds using services were found to be non-vulnerable. Youth-centred protection service: The youth reception service may have experienced traumatic events or circumstances. CASs will actively engage youth to build on their strengths and help them make decisions that help minimize risk and promote their best interests, safety and well-being. For vulnerable people, children`s aid associations focus on keeping children and youth at home safely with their families. If this is not possible, they do their best to find someone – for example, an extended family or a family friend – with whom the child or adolescence can stay. Alternatively, 16- and 17-year-olds will have the opportunity to enter into a Voluntary Youth Service Contract (VYSA) that will allow them to access services and help with children`s aid.
Of the youth in need of protection, 72 opted for a VYSA and many others took it into account at the time of the last conference call. For youth who chose not to sign VYSA, access to a multitude of other resources was provided through cas and/or community groups or services. Associations provide protection services to young people to protect them and support their families. If you have signed a volunteer contract, your child will stay with you. CAS keeps your file open and can take other steps if you don`t follow the agreement or if you have new concerns about whether you can take care of your child. Sometimes your child may be involved in the agreement you are meeting with CAS. This means that they must also approve CAS services and perhaps sign the agreement.