April 2021Vol. 22, No. 4New Webpage on Funds Available Through the Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic
The COVID-19 public health emergency has been especially stressful for families involved with child welfare and particularly for youth and young adults transitioning out of the foster care system.
To help mitigate the challenges these youth face, the Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic Act (P.L. 116-260) was signed into law on December 27, 2020, to provide state, tribal, and county child welfare agencies with time-limited resources to respond to the needs of youth and young adults under the age of 27 who spent time in foster care after the age of 14. These pandemic relief funds are aimed at helping these young people with mortgage or rent payments, utility bills, car loans, groceries, and other basic needs.
To spread the word about this new funding opportunity, Child Welfare Information Gateway created a webpage that provides additional information for youth and professionals. The webpage features information on eligibility as well as pertinent information on the law itself, including a link to the Children's Bureau's Information Memorandum (IM-21-05) that outlines the changes to the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood and education and training voucher supplemental funding, minimum age limitations in eligibility for assistance, programmatic flexibilities, and more. In addition, the webpage also links to a recording of the Children's Bureau's webinar on the new law that was held on January 7, 2021. The recording for the webinar can be found here (passcode: 9ES4H0K#).