On December 8, 2016, Bill 89, the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2016 was introduced in the House of Commons. The proposed bill replaces the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) with the Child Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) and amends the current CFSA to raise the age of protection for children up to age 18 prior to proclamation of the CYFSA. As a result, effective January 1, 2018 the age of protection amendments will come into full force.
The objective of the new directive is to support the delivery of child protection services for 16 and 17 year old youth in need of protection, enabling them to be eligible for a full range of protection services. This support serves to give youth a better opportunity to receive the support they need to reach their full potential and have better outcomes as they transition into adulthood.
If you are a 16 or 17 year old youth and would like more information please click on the link below:
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If you are a youth-serving agency and would like more information on protection services for 16-17 year old youths, please click on the link below: