B.C. extends financial benefits to youth in care

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    New rules have now come into effect to help young adults in care in B.C.

    The Ministry of Children and Family Development is extending the length of time youth in care can benefit from government help.

    Previously, a youth in care was only eligible for help until the age of 24.

    Now, they can receive financial aid for schooling until the age of 26.

    They can also now receive help for four years, instead of the previous two years.

    In B.C., youth in care age out of the system at 19 years old.

    “Sometimes, kids aren’t ready at 19 to decide what they want to do with their life and they may need to come back a little later for the support,” said Stephanie Cadieux, the Minister of Children and Family Development.

    “Secondly, two years might not be enough. Most post-secondary programs are four years.”