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


New York: New Yorkers for Children

Visit Website

This resource provides wraparound support to current and former foster youth, enrolled in college in New York City. Scholarship Resource: http://www.newyorkersforchildren.org/campaigns/nicholas-scoppetta-schola... THE PROGRAM The NYFC Nick’s Scholars Program is a working partnership between the private sector, foster care agencies, and colleges in New York City... Read more

New York: Foster Care Complaints

Visit Website

The Office of the Ombudsman (OOTO) is part of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The role of OOTO is to help protect the legal rights of youth who reside at certain sites. These sites include the following: Residential placements administered by OCFS... Read more

New York Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV)

Visit Website

The New York Education and Training Voucher Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in U.S. foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served... Read more

New York Medicaid: My State of Health

Visit Website

Medicaid is basic health insurance that is available to foster youth or former foster youth who are eligible. The information provided should help you apply. Applicants can apply directly online for insurance.Read more