On June 1, 2017, Bill 89, the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017 was passed by the Ontario Legislature. The Act includes repealing the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) and enacting the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA) in its place, once proclaimed. It also includes amendments to the CFSA while it is still in force to provide a full range of child protection services to youth to their 18th birthday.
The amendments to the CFSA came into effect on January 1, 2018. This means that Durham CAS, along with all other Children’s Aid Societies in the province, are now able to provide a full range of child protection services to youth aged 16 and 17, which will give them a better opportunity to get the support they need, and have better outcomes as they transition to adulthood. This amendment represents a historic change for child welfare in Ontario.
We believe that admission prevention and family based care provide the best service and supports to children, youth and families whenever possible. As we begin to work with 16 and 17 year olds, we will continue to uphold these principals in partnership with community service providers to ensure youth voices are heard and their needs are met in an inclusive, least disruptive and culturally appropriate way.
For more information, please see the Ministry documents below.