The #UpChafee Challenge

The COVID19 crisis endangers young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood, especially if they don’t have support to turn to. Chafee funding was already stretched thin prior to the crisis. Chafee funds are a vital lifeline. In the stimulus package recently released by the federal government, many needs that foster youth (current and former) weren’t addressed.

Foster Youth in Transition Need Support NOW.  

We're calling on Congress to increase Chafee Funds by $500 million.

BUT... We need the power of your voice to ensure Congress hears the message! Join us and take action! ​​​​​​​

More than 110 National and State Organizations, and 650 Individuals Ask Congress to #UpChafee and Help Older Youth from Foster Care

May 12, 2020: Organizing partners sent the #UpChafee Letter to Congress today, urging policymakers to support older youth from foster care during #COVID19.

Read the full LETTER TO CONGRESS here: www.tinyurl.com/upchafeeletter

Here are the ASKS included in the letter:

  1.  Increase Chafee Funding by 500 Million.
  2. Extend the Age of Eligibility for Chafee Aftercare Services to Age 23 for All Youth.
  3. Suspend Participation Requirements for Young People in Extended Foster Care.
  4. Place a Moratorium on Discharges from the Foster Care System for Youth Ages 18-21.
  5. Allow States to Draw Down Title IV-E funds until a Young Person Reaches Age 22.​​​​​​​

It's not too late to add your name or organization.

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TAKE ACTION: Contact your Members

You’ve been making a lot of noise around #UPChafee and MEMBERS are hearing you! Congress is considering the next COVID-19 Relief bill RIGHT NOW.  Let Congress know that you want the bill to include measures that would help older youth.

Contact your Members of Congress (especially your Senators) TODAY: 

Don't know who they are? Find out using these links:

Tell them you need them to #SupportFosterYouth and #UPChafee.  You can send a message like this:

Young people in and aging out of foster care have been hit hard by COVID-19. Congress must provide emergency assistance by increasing Chafee funds by $500m.

**Be sure to insert your own reasons about why foster youth deserve support!**

(There's more sample messages below; but you can also off-road, sharing your own messages with Members of Congress.)

REMEMBER - the more you SHARE, the more YOUNG PEOPLES' VOICE is heard!

HOW TO: Send a message to your Members of Congress​​​​​​​

  1. EMAIL or SEND A MESSAGE
    Email or sending a message through a contact form is the best method to reach Members of Congress right now. Enter your address and this website will pull up your Two Senators and your Member from the House of Representatives. Send a message: democracy.io

  2. FACEBOOK
    Search for your Congress Member: https://www.facebook.com/townhall. Find a post that has to do with the crisis on their feed. Add a comment using the sample message below. 

  3. TWEET Find your Members of Congress: http://www.tweetcongress.org/tweeters.  


LEARN MORE: 

Watch FosterClub's #UPChafee Webinar Recording (with slides)


Tools for State Advocates: 

Find what other state-level advocates are doing - including how you can take action yourself! Check out the tools>>>


Proposed Federal Legislative Asks: 

1. Increase Chafee Funding by 500 Million.     

2. Extend the Age of Eligibility for Chafee Aftercare Services to Age 23 for All Youth. 

3. Suspend Participation Requirements for Young People in Extended Foster Care.

4. Place a Moratorium on Discharges from the Foster Care System for Youth Ages 18-21.

5. Allow States to Draw Down Title IV-E funds until a Young Person Reaches Age 22. 

Learn More and sign on! 

#UpChafee Message Library

Copy-and-paste from these messages or craft your own!

Twitter

#COVID19 crisis has hit young people transitioning from #FosterCare who have started their college educations especially hard. Dorms have closed causing housing instability, some support agencies have closed or reduced services. #ChildWelfareCOVID #UPChafee

Young people in and leaving #FosterCare are incredibly vulnerable and being hit hard by the #COVID19 pandemic, as many do not have family support during these difficult times. #SupportFosterYouth  #UPChafee #ChildWelfareCOVID

We need Congress to act now and support youth from #FosterCare. #ChildWelfareCOVID  #UPChafee #COVID19

Youth who age out of #FosterCare depend on federal Chafee funds as a vital lifeline. Chafee funding was already stretched thin prior to the crisis, but this lifeline has never been more important to help young people survive the #COVID19 crisis. #ChildWelfareCOVID​​​​​​​

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​​​​​​​Young people in #FosterCare and those who exited #WithoutFamilyToTurnTo are being hit hard by the #COVID19 pandemic, as many do not have financial resources or family support during these difficult times. They need our help. #ChildWelfareCOVID #UPChafee

We have a special responsibility to young people who reach adulthood in foster care. Foster youth need - and deserve - support of Congress now more than ever. #UPChafee by $500m to keep our promise to youth from #FosterCare. #ChildWelfareCOVID

Youth who #AgeOut of #FosterCare work tirelessly to make it to college, gain employment, and to secure housing. Without support NOW, their progress in beating the odds could be derailed by #COVID19. #ChildWelfareCOVID  #UPChafee

Email

​​​​​​I am writing to ask that Congress include assistance to older youth in and aging out of foster care in the next COVID-19 relief bill.  In the midst of this current pandemic, youth in foster care and alumni are being disconnected from work, school, and external support systems. Lacking family support, they are at risk of losing housing, and even their lives.  You have an opportunity to provide a safety net for young people at a time when they need it the most.  Urgent action is needed to make sure that young people stay healthy and are not harmed by the crisis.  I ask that you consider increasing Chafee funds by $500 million so that the needs of young people can be met during this time of crisis and that you make sure youth in extended foster care remain safe and housed during and after the crisis.  

Facebook

Young people in and aging out of foster care have been hit hard by COVID-19. Without family to turn to, young people should have access to support and services so they can make it through this crisis healthy and ready to thrive.  Congress should provide this assistance to young people by increasing Chafee funds by $500m to meet their immediate needs and making sure young people can stay safe and housed in extended foster care. #UPChafee #SupportFosterYouth #ChildWelfareCOVID

Young people in and leaving foster care are suffering and having a hard time meeting their needs.  They are struggling to stay housed and afford food and are worried about their futures.  We have a special responsibility to these youth and Congress should fulfill this obligation by increasing funding for Chafee by $500m and ensuring that youth are safe and supported in extended foster care. #UPChafee #SupportFosterYouth #ChildWelfareCOVID


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