This is when you receive a cheque from Child and Family Services to cover your living expenses but you are living on your own. You will have your own apartment and do your own grocery shopping but you will still have the support of a social worker.
Refers to a child who is under the permanent guardianship of a child and family services agency. The guardianship rights of the child’s parents or guardians have been terminated.
Place of Safety (POS)
A safe place where you stay for a short time. This is usually with someone that you know or that your family knows. For example, a teacher or a neighbour. This gives the agency time to decide what the plan is for you.
This is when you live with someone who teaches you what you need to know for independent living.
Receiving Home/ Emergency Shelter
A place where you may stay for a short time.
Specialized Individual Placement/Home
If you have special needs, you may be placed in a specialized placement. This place is set up in the way that best meets your needs.
Refers to a child who is under temporary guardianship of a child and family services agency. All guardianship rights and responsibilities of the child’s parents or guardians are suspended for a period of time determined by the court.
Treatment Centre/Residential Treatment Unit
If you need extra help and support, you may be placed in a treatment centre. There will be staff there at all times to help you work through your feelings and problems.
Voluntary Placement Agreement (VPA)
The Child and Family Services Act provides for a parent, guardian or other person who has actual care and control of a child, to enter into a voluntary placement agreement with an agency for the placing of a child without transfer of guardianship.
Voluntary Surrender of Guardianship (VSG)
This provision in the Child and Family Services act allows for a parent, guardian or other person who has actual care and control of a child to sign an agreement turning over guardianship to a child and family services agency. It has the same effect as a permanent order of guardianship in that it terminates all parental rights and obligations.