A Transitonal-Aged Youth (TAY) Coordinator provides supports to youth across all Central West Region, who are transitioning from the child welfare system to the developmental services system.
Transitional Aged Youth are young people between the ages of 16 and 22 who are/have been in the care of provincial child protection services, but whose care has ceased to be the responsibility of that system. Those with developmental disabilities and/or an Autism Spectrum Disorder become the responsibility of the province’s developmental services system. Thus, they “transition” from one system to the other.
Like most young people, they are struggling to start out with limited resources and experience and many do not have the family resources others take for granted. There is seldom family to provide them with furniture and dishes for their apartment, to co-sign a loan or guarantee their credit for the landlord, to help pay the security deposit, to guide them through the college admissions process, or put in a good word for a new job.
Developmental Services Resource Centre – Waterloo Region (DSRC) has been charged with the responsibility of supporting these youths across Central West Region, to find accommodations, secure work, and meaningful day activities, normally in their ‘family home’ community.