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Foster Care Age 18-21
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care?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.
What are the program requirements?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.
What do I have to do while I am in the program?
- 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.
Does it matter where I live?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.
What are the age requirements?You must be between the ages of 18 and 21 and a current or former foster care participant.
How do I apply?