If a young adult has aged out of foster care during the COVID-19 pandemic or is about to age out, the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) may provide help.
YES. The CAA provides funds to help young adults ages 18-26 who were in foster care after the age of 14 and who aged out. The NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) will be giving out the money. The OCFS portal is open and accepting applications now. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2021. For more information from the state click here.
YES. It lets youth who have aged out of care at 21 after January 27, 2020 to re-open their case and go back into care until September 30, 2021. During this time, they can keep working with their case planners to develop a plan for housing, employment & education. To reenter care, youth should email the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) at FPSReentry@acs.nyc.gov or call Director Radashaday Hubbard at 347-768-4060 or Senior Executive Director Fayette Bennett at 646-457-8150. A Reentry Social Worker will be assigned to assist the youth and work to secure placement.
If your case is still open, but you will be turning 21 soon and would like to keep your case open so that you can remain in your foster home or placement, talk to your caseworker & attorney. You have the right to keep your case open until September 30, 2021.
YES. It temporarily increases the eligibility for and amount of ETV awards. Students up to age 27 can get an award until September 30, 2021; students up to age 23 may continue to get the temporary additional award until September 30, 2022. If you are already on an ETV, you should get this increase in funds automatically. If you are not, you can apply at the OCFS ETV site. Academic performance standards have also been temporarily waived until September 30, 2021.
Your Legal Aid Society attorney or social worker can help you understand your options and can help you get the services and supports you need. Reach out to them OR call 212-577-3300 if you don’t remember who represented you at The Legal Aid Society.
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Last Updated: 1 July 2021
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