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Eternal Routes

Eternal Routes is a Family Finding program that focuses on re-connecting youth who have been removed from their caregivers, back to members of their extended family.


What is the Eternal Routes program?

Eternal Routes is a family unification program based on the Family Finding model developed by California Permanency for Youth Project (CYPY). Eternal Routes connects youth unable to live with their parents and Crown wards aging out of foster care with relatives who would be willing to provide the youth with the support they need to transition into adulthood and avoid homelessness.

Where is this program available?

This program is now available to all RAFT clients in addition to youth aged 0 to 24 referred by Family and Children Services of Niagara to the RAFT's Eternal Routes Worker, Jackie Winger (extension 206).

What is the goal of Eternal Routes?

  • To achieve multiple safe stable supports that will remain with the youth for their life time
  • Re-connect with their family’s culture and heritage
  • Have the opportunity to achieve a safe stable residence with a family member
  • Not require the support of more intensive services such as child welfare and/or shelters
  • Have the opportunity to gain relationship skills that they can use when they become parents
  • Develop life time connections to a secure base of people

Eternal Routes is funded by FACS Niagara and the Niagara Region.

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