Mental and physical health challenges can be a significant barrier to a successful transition from care so Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is supporting the Connections Program.

What is it?

A program to help young people transitioning from care with their mental and physical health.


How does it work?

The Connections Program’s nurse navigator meets with young people, conducts a wellness assessment and creates a customized care plan that assists young people to get the help they need within a short time period. Through established partnerships, the navigator identifies appropriate mental health experts and services available in the community and helps remove any barriers for young people in accessing these services, ultimately facilitating a smooth transition to adult services.


What type of support is offered?

Based on the needs of each young person, the types of support could include:

  • One-on-one counseling or therapy
  • Cognitive/Educational Assessments
  • Health Literacy Education through Monthly Virtual Workshops
  • Wellness Groups, including health promotion activities, mental health awareness, and also therapy-based groups (i.e. DBT, Art Therapy)
  • Comprehensive assessment by in-house primary care physician and psychiatrist
  • General system navigation
  • Disability Support Services (i.e. ODSP or DSO referral)
  • Primary Care Referrals
  • Mental Health Medication cost coverage
  • Referrals to established community services and partners
  • Integrated wraparound services provided by the program’s mental health navigator in partnership youth workers from the Pape Adolescent Resource Centre


Who’s eligible?

Young people are eligible for the Connections program if they are;

  • In extended society care, or former extended society care
  • Between the ages of 18 – 29
  • Reside in the Greater Toronto Area (referrals will be considered on a case by case basis for young people who live outside of the GTA).


How to I apply?

For more information, please contact the Pape Adolescent Resource Centre at (416) 462-1010. For a referral form, please click here.