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 Texas. 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 Texas's Ombudsman, at 1-512-239-4000.
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 the #Healthcare FFY campaign for more information about this program!
Texas does not have a foster-specific application.
Instead, you should have been automatically enrolled in Medicaid til 26 when you aged out of the system.
If you aged out before the ACA went into effect or were not auto-enrolled for some other reason, you will need to complete a general Medicaid application to begin receiving coverage. Check out the “How can I apply?” section for more information!
Texas does not have auto-coverage renewal.This means that you will need to recertify your information annually in order to continue receiving coverage. 3-4 months before your health care benefits are set to expire, you should receive a reminder in the mail. This mailer will include instructions about how to renew your coverage online. If you do not renew your coverage online, your coverage will be terminated. Be sure to be on the lookout for this mailer! Keep your address updated with your state Medicaid office!
Yes! Texas has auto-enrollment.This means that, if you aged out of foster care in Texas, you do not need to complete a new application before you are able to receive health care coverage.
Texas does not provide coverage to relocators.This means that, if you were in care in another state and then moved to Texas, you would not be eligible for Medicaid til 26. You may still be able to get health insurance through…
By KaylaM — Feb 2, 2018
Cassidy spent her early years in the Texas foster care system (over 2,000 days in care!). At age 6, she was adopted by Jenn McKown. She started doing Musical Theater at a young age but after meeting Ryan Gosling, she decided she was interested in... Read more
By FCJessica — Apr 6, 2015
Hello, my name is Ernesto. I’m 24 years of age, and I am a gay man who was in foster care for six years. In 2003, my little brother and I were put into the foster care system and placed in a shelter - I was 13 years old. I was scared where I was at, the guys were mean and called me names. I guess this wasn’t anything new, others had called me “GAY”, “FAGGOT” or “QUEER” before. The fear of being different or singled out kept me from coming out. I knew I was gay at a young age of about five. I liked boys, but people didn’t accept that. I knew you got bullied for it. This kept me in the closet throughout my time in foster care. I didn’t talk to anyone other than my little brother while at the shelter. After three months of being there, we were moved to a foster home in San Antonio. Read more
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. Additional information can be found on this PDF handout with... Read more
As of January 1, 2014, the Former Foster Care Children program provides healthcare coverage through age 26 to young adults who age out of Texas foster care and who were receiving Medicaid when they aged out of care. Texas enrolls youth prior to leaving care... Read more
The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program allows Texas to help current and former foster youth and young adults, youth adopted at age 16, and youth that enter Permanency Care Assistance at age 16 to make a smoother transition to a successful adulthood by providing... Read more
This is a state law that exempts or waives payment of tuition and fees at state supported colleges or universities for foster youth currently or formerly in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and for those adopted from DFPS.Read more