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Children's Bureau Think of Us Older Youth Town Hall

Were you able to watch the COVID-19 Town Hall for Older Youth?! We're sharing our key takeaways with you!

“Foster youth: we see you, we hear you, we care about you, we have not in any way forgotten about you”

- Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau

WHAT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW 

  1. Physical distancing is necessary, but NOT social - Stay connected as much as possible to others by reaching out to friends, family (both chosen and biological/legal) previous caseworkers, resource families, kin, mentors and CASAs for support.

 
  1. Consistently check the following sites for info, resources and guidance as new information is constantly being released:

 
  1. Take Precautions and follow these CDC guidelines to keep yourself and others protected against COVID-19. 

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

FosterClub recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on current and former foster youth. Here are some ways you can get support with your immediate needs like, EDUCATION, HOUSING, FOOD, HEALTHCARE, and EMPLOYMENT: 

  • You can still receive financial aid, Chafee and work-study reimbursements during this time. Contact the financial aid office at your college for updates. 

  • Some foster youth who live in the dorms have been successful at using Jerry Milner’s letter to colleges and universities to petition to stay in their on-campus housing. 

  • You may be eligible to apply and receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Fill out the application in the state you reside in. 

  • As a current or former foster youth,  you are eligible for health insurance through Medicaid until age 26. Find out more here

  • If you are unable to work during this time due to job closures you may qualify to apply and receive unemployment benefits in your respective state. 

 

We are here to help, listen, and support! For further assistance please contact us: [email protected] 

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Mar 20, 2020 By APetite1