A youth agreement is a legal agreement between you and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). The purpose of the agreement is to help you gain independence, return to school, and/or gain work experience and life skills, and protect your right to be:
- healthy and independent
- protected from abuse, neglect or harm
- given guidance by a parent or adult
- supported in your cultural identity
- supported to make safe, healthy choices, and
- helped to gain self-confidence.
The ministry may be able to help you if you feel you are at risk and:
- between the ages of 16 to 18, and
- there is no parent or other person willing to take responsibility for you, or
- you cannot return home to your family for reasons of safety.
- The agreement lets you live independently.
- It helps you gain skills and experience so you can continue to live independently.
- It gives you access to supports and services to help you cope with alcohol or drug problems or mental health issues.
- It lends you support to help you strengthen your relationships with friends and family.
The agreement may help you with:
- a place to live
- your physical and mental health
- your education, and
- managing your money effectively.
- Together with a youth worker, you will see whether a youth agreement is a good idea for you.
- If it does seem like a good idea, the youth worker will help you write your own plan for independence. It will spell out what the ministry’s responsibilities will be and what your responsibilities will be. A youth worker will work with you to make sure you can meet your responsibilities.
- Some examples of what your responsibilities might be are:
- attend counseling (alcohol and drug or mental health),
- take educational courses
- have regular visits with your family or some members of your family, or
- learn to shop for and cook inexpensive, healthy meals.
You can phone or visit the nearest Ministry of Children and Family Development office.