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Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
Aftercare Benefits Initiative

Provides aftercare benefits to former Crown wards and other youth who have left or are leaving care
Health and Dental Benefits (provided by Green Shield Canada) are available to plan members between 21 and 25 years of age and include:
  • Dental plan
  • Extended Health Benefits
  • Medical equipment
  • Prescriptions
  • Vision care
Counselling and Life Skills Support Services (provided by Shepell) are available to plan members between 21 and 29 years of age and include:
  • Access to e-counselling, video, telephone, in-person, or live chat counselling
  • Career coaching
  • Financial planning
  • Legal advice
  • Manage stress, improve self-esteem, fight depression
Aftercare benefits end when an individual turns 29 years old
Youth who were eligible to receive Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY) or Extended Care and Maintenance (ECM) which includes youth who:
  • had Crown ward status that expired at age 18
  • were subject to a protection (formal) customary care agreement or a protection custody order at age 18, or
  • were eligible for support under the Renewed Youth Support (RYS) program
  • Youth who were adopted on or after June 1, 2015 and are between 18 and 25 years of age
  • Youth who are attending college or university and opt out of their school health benefits plan
  • Youth receiving Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support are only eligible for the counselling and life skills support services portion of the ABI plan

Age Requirements: Ages: 21 year(s) - 29 year(s);
Application Process
  • Apply online
  • Verifications should be emailed by a former worker or CAS to (must include youth's name, date of birth and confirmation of their former status)
  • Adopted youth must submit a copy of their adoption order by email to or by fax to 416-366-8317
Not Applicable
Legal Status
(50) Non Profit
Agency Information
211 Ontario North
Last Verified On September 23, 2019

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