Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

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Service: Aftercare Benefits Initiative

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Description & Services
Public Comments Aftercare benefits end when an individual turns 29 years old
Description (Agency) An organization that provides a comprehensive health and dental benefit program for former youth in care
Description (Service) 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
Hours Office hours not specified; online service Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Ages: 21 year(s) - 29 year(s) 
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
  • Apply online 
  • Verifications should be emailed by a former worker or CAS to abi@oacas.org (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 abi@oacas.org or by fax to 416-366-8317
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Contact Information
Toll Free Phone 1-800-718-1797 Ext 2133
E-Mail abi@oacas.org
Website www.oacas.org/what-we-do/child-welfare-operations-excellence/aftercare-benefits-initiative/
Located In Community Northern Ontario
Address Northern Ontario P7B 6M7
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Mailing Address c/o Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies 
75 Front St E, Suite 308 
Toronto, ON M5E 1V9
Physical Access Not Applicable
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 2015
Funding Provincial