On July 18, 2019, the Fostering Change campaign sent a letter to Minister of Children and Family Development, Katrine Conroy. The letter explains that the current AYA program policy is not very flexible and is failing to provide equitable access to supports for young people from care. We recently heard an urgent concern that in some jurisdictions, social workers are being directed to tighten restrictions on AYA applications or discontinue funding mental health supports paid for with discretionary funds.
We asked her two questions:
- Will your ministry create a formal set of equally-applied criteria across the province that empowers front-line workers in all service delivery areas to administer the current AYA program with flexibility and creativity, thereby meeting the specific needs of individual youth through available services?
- How will your ministry ensure that youth can access the AYA program without enrollment in an accredited life skills program?