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The following alphabetical list contains words, acronyms, and systems that are frequently used when talking about aging out of care. Have we missed something? Contact with your suggestions!

54.1 Transfer of Custody
A legal transfer of the child’s custody from the government to a new guardian who's not the parent.
See Agreements with Young Adults.
Refers to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. According to the British Columbia Adoption Act, an Aboriginal person is someone who:
Is registered under the Indian Act.
Has a biological parent who is registered under the Indian ActWho is a Nisga'a child.
Who is a treaty First Nation child.
Is under 12 years of age and has a biological parent who(i) Is of Aboriginal ancestry.
(ii) Considers himself or herself to be Aboriginal.
Is 12 years of age or older, of Aboriginal ancestry and considers himself or herself to be Aboriginal.
Any physical, sexual, emotional or other maltreatment or exploitation.
Advocates help people learn about their rights and unite their voices about their needs, issues, and ideas to create positive change.
Aging out
This occurs when a youth in government care reaches the age of 19 and is no longer in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Agreements with Young Adults (AYA)
A program supporting people 19 to 24 transitioning out of care.
BC Services Card 
Lets you access the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) for any medical service in BC. Formerly called a CareCard.
A visual representation of what activities you've done on For every three badges you earn, you're entitled to a real-world perk (as long as you're a youth in or from government care in BC, and 24 years old or younger).
Birth certificate
 An official document issued to record a person's birth. Often used as a piece of identification (ID).
Money awarded by an educational institution (like a trade school or university) to those who can't afford to pay full tuition fees. This money does not need to be paid back.
See: Continuing Custody Order.
A term no longer used. See instead: BC Services Card.
 A person designated by the government to be responsible for a child in care.
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Continuing Custody Order (CCO)
The legal document that brings a young person fully into government care. It's also referred to as permanent ward, a ward of the court, or a ward of the government.
A professional who provides counselling to address your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
A medically monitored day program to help those with substance addiction to become substance free and to assist with withdrawal symptoms.
A residential program to help those with substance addiction to live substance free and to reduce or relieve withdrawal symptoms. Stays are usually five to seven days.
A physical or mental impairment that inhibits the ability to perform daily tasks.
Disability Assistance
Financial support for people with a physical or mental impairment that makes it hard to perform daily living activities and that is expected to continue for at least two years.
Disordered Eating
Unhealthy eating or exercise behaviours due to worry about body image.
Eating Disorders
Extreme cases of disordered eating that involve both frequent disordered eating behaviours and bad thoughts about food, weight, or shape.
Employment Services 
Free tools, training, and in-person support to help job seekers find work.
The removal of a tenant from a rental property by the landlord.
See: Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks
Fair Pharmacare
A program that covers some of your prescription and medical supply needs. It's based on your yearly income and you have to apply before receiving coverage.
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN)
A a youth-driven, provincial, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people in and from care in BC between the ages of 14 and 24.
Foster care
A living arrangement for a child who cannot live safely with their family of origin.
Foster parent
Someone who acts as parent for a child in place of the child’s biological parents, but without legally adopting the child.
Government care
Means anyone who has lived in foster homes, group homes, child and youth mental health services, addiction facilities, custody centres or independent living. If you were in one of those places you might have had one of these care statuses: youth agreements, , extended family placements, 54.1, continuing custody order, temporary custody order, voluntary custody order,
Money awarded for post-secondary education (trades, university, etc) based on the student's high grades or financial need, or both.
Guardians are responsible for the care and upbringing of, and decision making about, a child.
In Care
See: Government Care.
Info page
A variety of web pages on that provide step-by-step instructions in completing a specific task or duty.
An acronym that collectively refers to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, and queer community.
The owner of a house, apartment, or condominium which is rented or leased to a tenant.
Life skills
Everyday skills that all young adults need to know as they become independent.
 See: Ministry of Children and Family Development.
See: Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
See: Medical Service Plan
Medical Service Plan (MSP)
A program that covers most medical care in BC. You pay a monthly fee based on your income.
Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD) 
The BC government Ministry responsible for the guardianship of children and youth in care, and supporting youth on YAG, AYA, and independent living.
Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI)
The BC government Ministry responsible for social services, such as employment programs, income assistance, and disability assistance.
Non-Insured Health Benefits
Provides coverage to registered First Nations and recognized Inuit to support them in obtaining health care coverage not insured by other plans or programs.
Anything that provides a sense of continuity or an anchor.
Premium Assistance 
Helps low-income individuals and families cover the cost of MSP. If you are in the low income bracket you can apply for premium assistance.
A doctor specially trained in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses.
Interactive ways on to learn information on a specific topic.
Real World Perks
Gift certificates to one of ten stores. Once you earned three badges on, you'll be contacted by the moderator to find out which gift certificate you'd like.
What you are entitled to legally, socially, or ethically.
See: Sexually Transmitted Infection
Money awarded to students for having high grades or other achievements.
Strategies to promote healthy living, like getting enough sleep, learning stress management, and problem-solving.
Service page
A type of page on that provides information on specific services and resources for you to contact for assistance in a specific situation.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)
An infection that can be transmitted through the exchange of sexual fluids or through skin to skin genital contact.
Social worker
Someone whose job involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of an individual.
StudentAid BC
The provincial agency that manages student loans for BC students.
Student loan
Money leant to a student to help cover the costs of post-secondary education. The money must be paid back.
Subsidized housing
Housing that the provincial government partially helps pay for. You usually get money or rent assistance.
Supportive housing
Affordable housing that includes programs, advocacy, and support while transitioning into permanent housing.
See: Temporary Care Order.
A person between 13 and 19 years of age. See also:Youth.
Temporary Care Order (TCO)
Alegal document that brings a young person into government care for a six-month time period or renewed by Social Worker, this is a short term order.
Person who occupies a rental property from a landlord.
The period of time when a youth in care moves from government care to independent living.
Tuition waiver
Used by some post-secondary schools to allow students to attend by removing some or all of the cost.
Job-specific career training in a school setting.
See: Youth Agreement.
A person between 13 and 24.
Youth Agreement (YAG) 
A legal agreement between a youth aged 16 to 18 and MCFD to live independently.
Youth in care
See: Government care.
Youth safe house:
Short term emergency residential facility that provides a safe place for youth experiencing homelessness or family break-down. Youth can typically stay between 1 to 30 days.
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