The Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) was created to assist youth in successfully emancipating from the foster care system, and to provide ongoing support to young adults as they overcome the hurdles of living independently.
We can help with:
- finding educational programs
- getting financial aid
- securing housing
- gaining employment
- acquiring life skills
We do this by meeting with youth in the community, one-to-one independent living skills training, connecting youth to resources in their community and encouraging clients to set and pursue goals for success.
Eligibility for youth in an out-of-home placement (OOHP):
Youth who have experienced an OOHP at age 14 or older are eligible for Chafee services. This means any
youth in OOHP’s, including extended foster care, may be served starting at age 14 up through their 23rd
Eligibility for youth who transitioned to adulthood from foster care at age 18 or older:
Youth who transitioned to adulthood from foster care at age 18, 19 or 20 may be served up until their 23rd birthday. This includes youth who were in a community placement through DYS.
Eligibility for youth who exited foster care to adoption or legal guardianship:
Youth who exited foster care to either adoption or relative guardianship assistance after attaining age 16 may be served until their 23rd birthday.
Eligibility for youth who exited foster care for reasons other than adoption, legal guardianship, or aging out of foster care:
Youth who exited foster care for reasons other than adoption, relative guardianship, or aging out of foster care (e.g., youth who were reunified) may be served if they experienced an OOHP (including community placement through DYS) at age 14 or older. These youth may be served until their 23rd birthday.