Sometimes things don't work out at home. In these cases, a legal agreement (called a Youth Agreement) may be made between you and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to help you live independently, with lots of support.
Depending on what you need to live on your own, you may get help with:
- Finding a place to live
- Learning life skills like grocery shopping, preparing healthy meals, paying bills and communicating with landlords
- Coping with alcohol or drug problems
- Managing mental health issues
- Managing your money
- Getting an education
Apply for a Youth Agreement
You may qualify for a Youth Agreement if:
- You’re 16 to 18 years old
- There’s no parent or other adult who can take responsibility for you
- It’s not safe for you to return home
Step 1: Start the application process – contact a local Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) office.
Step 2: A youth worker will get in touch to discuss together if a Youth Agreement is right for you.
Step 3: If it seems like a good idea, the youth worker will help you write your own plan for independence. Your plan will outline how the provincial government will help you, and what you’ll be responsible for – for example:
- Attending alcohol, drug, or mental health counseling
- Taking educational courses
- Having regular visits with your family or some members of your family
- Learning to shop for and cook inexpensive, healthy meals
Agreements with Young Adults
If you’ve been in foster care or had a Youth Agreement, you may qualify for an Agreement with a Young Adult (AYA). It can help cover the cost of things like housing, child care, tuition and health care while you go back to school, or attend a rehabilitation program.