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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