A Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA) is an agreement available for a youth to take part in when they are in need of protection and an out-of-home placement is required. VSYAs aim to help youth ages 16 and 17 in need of protection to support themselves to live on their own, or in a placement and access counselling other supports and programs.


A VYSA is available for youth who:

  • Are aged 16 or 17 years old
  • Cannot be adequately protected at home or in their current living situation
  • Have no other safe options with family or friends
  • Need an out-of-home placement

If you are concerned that a 16 or 17-year-old may be in need of protection; or if you are a 16 or 17-year-old and you think you may be in need of protection, you can contact us or the Children’s Aid Society in your area to further discuss your concerns.

Learn more about protection services for 16 and 17-year-olds and youth serving agencies.

Learn more about VYSAs here.