Saskatchewan further delays youth aging out of care during pandemic

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is extending services to youth who would otherwise be aging out of the foster care system.

The Ministry of Social Services delayed the transition for those over age 18 back in March over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At the time, an advocacy group said the global health crisis would make it difficult for a young person in care to find a job or a place to live.

The change was to end in June, but the province says it has been extended until January 2021.

Social Services Minister Paul Merriman says the government wants to ensure young people have options available to them when it comes to planning independent living.

The province says the extension will allow almost 200 youth to keep receiving services and expects it will cost about $1.5 million.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2020

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