All kinds of free help is out there for teenagers in foster care, and young adults who have been raised in foster homes. Signed into law in 1999, the John H Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) offers assistance to current and former foster care youths achieve self-sufficiency. Activities and programs include, but are not limited to help with education, employment, financial management, housing, emotional support and assured connections to caring adults for older youth in foster care as well as youth 18-21 who have
aged out of the foster care system. This legislation helps ensure that young people involved in the foster care system get the tools they need to make the most of their lives. Contact your state division of Child and Family Services for information on the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. Contact Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, 330 C Street, S.W., Room 2422, Washington, DC 20201; 202-205-8618; http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/programs_fund/state_tribal/jh_chafee.htm
Income Eligibility: Family of 4 – $20,000. These income requirements are estimates and you should check with your local office to verify eligibility as many programs have exceptions and the income amounts change often and vary from location to location.
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