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Foster Care Age 18-21

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Extending foster care to age 21 offers a safety net of supportive services and financial benefits during the critical transition to adulthood, including:
    • Extension of foster care payments. 
    • Continued oversight by a caseworker for additional support. 
    • Counseling services. 
    • Continued health care coverage. 
    • Training in independent living skills. 
    • More time to finish high school and pursue vocational or secondary education.
  • You must be:
    • Attending high school.
    • Participating in a GED program.
    • Enrolled in college (at least part time) .
    • Employed (at least 80 hours per month).
    • Incapable of participating in the activities above due to a documented medical condition.
    • Meet with your caseworker monthly.
    • Maintain educational, employment, or documented medical condition requirements.
    • Keep your caseworker informed of any changes in your status.
    • Attend bi-annual transition meetings.
  • The following living arrangements apply:
    • With your foster parent.
    • Rental home apartment setting with/without a roommate.
    • Relative home other than a parent.
    • Host home/Supportive adult home.
    • College dorm.
    • Friend/Partner home.
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 21 and a current or former foster care participant.
  • Contact your local MDHHS office and ask for the Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Liaison.