Welcome!

Hello, young people! Below are some great contacts to help answer questions and resolve issues:

FosterClub has a dedicated team of folks to help you find what you need in Illinois. Call them at  503-717-1552 or email them here. They can help you find resources to help you transition to adulthood and connect you to leadership opportunities. 

For problems or complaints, contact Illinois Ombudsman at call (617) 524-2029.

Healthcare for Former Foster Youth (FFY).

Did you know that former foster youth have access to free Medicaid after they turn 18 until their 26th birthday? Qualification for FFY to access Medicaid is not dependant on employment or education status. Check out #Healthcare FFY for more information about this program!


To apply online, visit here
For a detailed guide walking you through the Medicaid application process, visit Illinois State Department of Human Services
For a general explanation of the Medicaid til 26 program in Illinois, visit here
For assistance applying, call 1-800-843-6154 Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm. 

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RESOURCES

Illinois: DCFS High School and Beyond

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This is a list of continuing education resources for foster youth including ETV funds.Read more


Illinois: Chicago Area Project

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A Youth Leadership and Development Program for youth in care. The link above leads to a youth advisory board. This program provides opportunities for youth and young adults between the ages of 14-21 to advocate and provide information on various programs and services within the... Read more


Illinois: Office of the Inspector General (Foster Care Complaints)

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The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) or the Ombudsman's office responds to and investigates complaints filed by the state and local judiciary, foster parents, biological parents, and the general public, including foster youth.Read more


Illinois Independent Living Program

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Independent Living (IL) Programs help current and former foster youth reach their independent living goals, providing services for education, employment, housing, budgeting and building a support network to assist youth as they transition to adulthood. If you live in Chicago you can call 311 for... Read more


Illinois Medicaid

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This web link will take you to the main sign-in page. To apply, create an account by clicking the website link above and use that account to sign up for health care. The application has a section that specifically asks if you were in foster... Read more