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					What is the transition program?                                                                   3) notifying the appropriate authorities if a
The transition program is where a family         Before a youth is placed in a transition home,   youth is not home by their court ordered
cares for a youth, between the ages of 12-18     the care team will discuss how much              curfew time.
years old for a 30 day period. The goal is for   involvement the youth’s family will have
the care team to complete an assessment of       with the youth while in the transition home.     4) keeping daily running records of all
the youth’s needs during this time frame and                                                      pertinent information regarding behaviors,
a care plan to be implemented for the youth’s    How long will the youth stay in the              family contacts, court violations, and
immediate future.                                transition home?                                 criminal behaviors.
                                                 Most transition home placements are for a 30
Why do youth get placed in the transition        day period. This can be extended to 60 days
program?                                         depending on the youth’s needs. Often the        How much are transition homes paid?
Youth who are placed in transition homes are     youth may be waiting for placement in a long     There is a fixed monthly retainer paid to
unable to reside with their parents or           term program.                                    transition homes whether you have a youth
guardians for a variety of reasons.                                                               placed or not. There is also a per diem
                                                                                                  maintenance payment paid according to the
Many of these youth may be involved in the       What are my responsibilities as a                number of days a youth resides in your
correctional system. Some youth are court        transition home caregiver?                       home. The maintenance payment covers the
ordered to be placed in a home in the            As a transition home caregiver, you are          costs associated with caring for the youth.
community, as an alternative to                  responsible for providing each youth placed
custody, while others need a safe place to       in your home with a safe environment to
stay when leaving custody, before they can       reside in for the duration of the placement.     What if I need support?
return home to their own families.               This includes an individual bedroom with a       Many of the youth placed in transition homes
                                                 bed, access to a bathroom with a locking         face many challenges regarding education,
Often youth who are waiting to get into drug     door and all meals.                              criminal involvement, drug and alcohol use,
treatment centers get placed in transition                                                        social and developmental delays, and
homes so that they can begin preparing for       In addition to this transition homes             struggles with their own families. As a
the next stage in their life.                    caregivers are responsible for                   result, these youth may present the transition
                                                 1) basic necessities for hygiene such as         home with challenges.
How is the youth’s family involved?              toothbrush, soap, shampoo, comb, laundry,
None of the youth being placed in transition     etc.                                             When a youth is placed in a transition home,
homes are in care with the Ministry of                                                            the home is informed about the youth’s care
Children and Family Development. This            2) assisting the youth to attend any medical     team. Members of the care team are
means that the youth’s parents or guardians      appointments and court appointments.             available for support for the transition home
are still legally, financially and medically                                                      as well as for the youth.
responsible for the youth.
In addition, transition homes are encouraged
to become members of the British Columbia
Federation of Foster Parent Associations.

Where can I get more information about
becoming a transition home?
For more information, please contact your
local Ministry of Children and Family
Development Resource Team                      Recruiting Caregivers
or 1 800 663-9999.

The Fraser Region Transition Bed Program
services the communities of Surrey, White
Rock, Delta, Ladner, Langley, Aldergrove,
Burnaby, New Westminster, Port Moody,
Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge,
Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope.

                                                  FRASER REGION
                                               TRANSITION PROGRAM

                                                  SERVING YOUTH
                                                    AGES 12-18