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 New York. 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 New York's Ombudsman,  at 1-212-669-7200.

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!

If you aged out of care in New York, you should not need to apply!

If you have questions, ask your caseworker!

For more detailed information, check out this brochure about Medicaid til 26 in New York
If you did not age out of care in New York, you can apply for Medicaid online, by phone, or in-person.


From Homeless To Advocate

By joe18 — Sep 10, 2018

What is the epidemic of homelessness? Why does it seem it is affecting so many people? For me, it is as simple and as complicated as spending every last dollar only to bounce from couch to couch. Then, spending all my time and resources worrying... Read more

My Health Choice Challenge

By Cody Rivera — Feb 19, 2018

After a knee blow-out, Cody was faced with a difficult choice: face surgery alone, or move to family and lose health care coverage? Life’s challenges test the strongest people and as a former foster youth, I am no exception. I almost missed one of... Read more

Carolin in Herkimer NY

By Isaiah — Dec 9, 2009

Last night, with the Herkimer County Community College, Alumni Foundation and the HCCC Gospel Choir we went to four different Nursing home and sung traditional christmas song. I talked to serveral of the elderly people within the four homes and they... Read more

Advocates Fear City Budget Cuts Will Put Children at Risk

By FC Steve — Apr 27, 2009

By Julie Bosman, New York Times , Apr 26, 2009, New York –- The threat of more than $83 million in budget cuts at New York City’s child-welfare agency has left advocates for children afraid that recent improvements in its operations,... Read more


National Resources for LGBTQ Youth

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Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda Legal has compiled a list of National Resources for LGBTQ... Read more

Rights in Foster Care: LGBTQ and HIV

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Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians , gay men , bisexuals , transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda... Read more

American Indian Child Resource Center

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The American Indian Child Resource Center (AICRC) is a state-licensed foster family agency. They recruit and train foster parents, coordinate services to foster children and provide advocacy and support to biological parents. AICRC provides the following services: Recruitment, certification, and training of American Indian families... Read more


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Amara is a non-profit organization focused on providing youth in care the love and support of a committed family. As one of the first agencies in the country to work with gay and lesbian couples, Amara is inclusive of all families regardless of sexual orientation,... Read more


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RaiseAChild recruits, educates, and nurtures supportive relationships equally with LGBTQ and all prospective foster and adoptive parents while partnering with agencies to improve the process of advancing foster children to safe, loving, and permanent homes.Read more