Alberta youth advocate urges more support for young adults no longer in care

CALGARY – Alberta’s child and youth advocate is urging better support for young adults who are no longer in government care.

A report released today outlines the cases of six people between 20 and 22 who died within nine months last year.

All had what are known as support and financial assistance agreements through Alberta Children’s Services.

Such agreements are meant to help with living expenses, accommodation, training, education and medical coverage for people between 18 and 24 who had been in government care.

Advocate Del Graff is recommending improved policy and practice guidelines, along with training and time for staff to support young adults.

He also recommends that Children’s Services clearly outlines available support and that adequate and safe housing options be provided.

A copy of the report: “A Critical Time: A Special Report on Emerging Adults Leaving Children’s Services Care” is available here.

(Lauren Krugel – The Canadian Press)