On April 28th, 2021 FosterClub and Juvenile Law Center with California Youth Connection focused on Foster Youth Advocacy and using Chafee funds to provide direct financial assistance to current and former foster youth. Advocates from California featured their #funds4youth campaign and tips for advocates to mobilize and recommend direct financial assistance for foster youth in their state.
Summary of the Law and Implementation Updates
Older Youth Advocacy: Strategies for Direct Cash Assistance in CA
Opportunities and Support for Advocates:
iFoster National Phone Program
Think of Us Community of Practice
The Goal of this webinar is to highlight the importance and need to support the well-being of current and foster youth by using Chafee funds to provide direct cash assistance.
Resources & Handouts:
1) Decision Grid: Planning Direct Financial Assistance for states and jurisdictions to review as they begin the planning process for distributing direct financial assistance to young people in and from care.
2) Five Reasons to Provide Direct Financial Assistance to young People with Chafee Funds from the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
3) Letter of recommendation to California's Department of Social Services on how to prioritize Chafee funds and prioritize direct payment to young people submitted by California advocates.
5) View California Youth Connection's #funds4YOUth campaign Day of Action Outline organized by California Youth Connection to urge the California Department of Social Services to issue direct cash payments to current/former foster youth.
6) iFoster National Phone Program for foster and kinship youth.
7) There are resources that you can utilize on fosterclub.com/oypr including a library of resources, federal program instruction from the Children's Bureau, and summaries of the Older Youth provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
The Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act (H.R. 7947) became law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act on December 27, 2020 (PL 116-260). This law is intended to bring significant emergency relief to young people in and from foster care. Young people in and from care were instrumental in the passage of this law and it is critical that young people are involved in the implementation process.
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