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Webinar: Older Youth Pandemic Relief: Using Chafee Funds to Support Driving

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On March 10th, 2021 FosterClub and Juvenile Law Center, with Embrace Families provided an overview of their Keys to Independence Program, which currently provides funds to help young people in care obtain a driver’s license, cover the cost of vehicle insurance, pay for driver’s education class and testing fees, practice lessons, practice hours, license fees, roadside assistance, deductible assistance, and assistance in purchasing a car, and other driving-related costs. 

This webinar provided the following: 

  • Summary of the law
  •  Implementation Updates- New Guidance was released by the Children's Bureau on 3/10/2021

  • Keys to Independence Program
  • Implementation tools and tips to use Chafee funds to assist young people in your state 
  • Q&A

The Goal of this webinar is to provide tools and tips to states, jurisdictions, and local advocates on best practices to use the $4,000 in Chafee Funds allocated in the Consolidated Appropriations Act to assist young people in your state with costs related to driving and assists young people in overcoming barriers to driving so young people in care achieve normalcy. 

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Access the handouts and resources shared on the webinar: 


1) Children’s Bureau Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-21-04 which provides guidance and instruction related to the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act, Division X of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law (P.L.) 116-260, enacted December 27, 2020.

2)Visit www.k2i.us and www.keystoindependencefl.com for more resources and more information on providing driving assistance to young people from care. 

3)Keys to Independence FAQ 


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. 

Join us for our next Webinar Wednesday, March 17th at 4:00 pm ET where Advocates will provide tips and support on moving forward with the newly issued Children's Bureau Program Instruction. Register here

Reach out to FosterClub's policy team at [email protected] or Jenny Pokempner at [email protected] for questions about this webinar or implementation. 

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