Transition to Independence Program Description
Touchstone Family Association has operated the Transition to Independence Program since April, 2015. The Life Skills Counsellors provide services and support for youth aged 16-19 who are either; in care, transitioning to independent living or on youth agreements. The referral agents for this program are the youth social workers of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, who provide the specific goals of service for each youth as agreed on in the Youth Independence Planner. The services are provided in practical settings that will best suit the youth’s needs, such as in office, in community, in school, in home or outreach.
Transition to Independence Program Goals and Objectives
- To provide service interventions for youth in developing adult competencies to achieve independent living with confidence and success
- To collaborate with youth and social worker in developing and achieving goals set forth in Independence Planner
- To provide outreach service in addressing housing related activities including searches and advocacy, education regarding tenancy rights, securing safe and affordable housing, maintaining stable housing
- To assist with life skills development in areas including budgeting and finance, food preparation, and proper identification
- To assist youth in accessing and achieving success with community supports providing employment and/or educational/vocational opportunities.
- To provide youth with ongoing monitoring and assessing on going goals of service as established by the Ministry of Children and Families social worker.
- To provide weekly updates to social worker and facilitating any necessary adjustments for youth support service plan.
Referrals are made by MCFD only.