Extended Care and Maintenance (ECM)
When CCAS youth turn 18, they are legally considered to be adults and CCAS no longer has guardianship over them. Youth are prepared for independence throughout their experience in CCAS's care. The primary focus of our casework with a young person is to support the development of skills which lead to self sufficiency. This includes promoting education and employment goals.
ECM is an important tool that bridges the transition to adulthood by providing additional support for former crown wards between the age of 18 and 21.
An ECM contract is mutually-agreed upon to identify ongoing support from CCAS. It may include educational/vocational/employment programming, medical, dental and financial support, and any other issues related to the youth's circumstances. It allows youth to keep connected with their worker, and to continue receiving guidance and counselling as required.