Newspaper article The Canadian Press

$24 Million in Supports for Adoptive Families and Crown Wards in Ontario

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

$24 Million in Supports for Adoptive Families and Crown Wards in Ontario

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$24 million for adoptive families in Ontario

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TORONTO - Ontario is promising $24 million in increased supports for adoptive families, including a new grant program to help cover the costs of college or university for adopted children.

The government says the 'living and learning grants' will give more adopted youth the chance to pursue higher education by providing $500 a month if they are a full-time post-secondary student.

There is also one-time financial assistance of up to $5,000 for First Nations families that adopt an indigenous child who is in need of protection under what is known as a customary care placement.

Other financial help for families adopting Crown wards includes drug and dental benefits, mentorship and parent resources, and specialized training for parents who adopt through children's aid societies. …

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