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  • Phone: (905) 984-4365 / 1-833-984-4365
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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 available to youth under 25 years old from Niagara, Hamilton, and Haldimand-Norfolk.

Niagara Region
     Jackie Winger & Amanda Elam
     Intake – 905-984-4365 ext 205

Hamilton, Haldimand, and Norfolk
     Kelly Graszat
     Intake – 1-833-984-4365 ext 205

Eternal Routes email: eternalroutes@theraft.ca

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 in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

Funded in part by Family and Children’s Services Niagara and the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

  Niagara Region  Government of Canada

News & Updates

RAFT Featured in CBC Documentary - Next of Kin

Nov 13th, 2018

The Eternal Routes program of the RAFT was featured in the CBC Docs POV documentary Next of Kin.  You can view the documentary at https://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/episodes/next-of-kin

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