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About: Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care (YAVFC) is available through the Department of Health and Human Services for eligible youth who have experienced foster care and would like to extend foster care to age 21.

What are the benefits of Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care?

  • Extending foster care to age 21 offers a safety net of supportive services and financial benefits during the critical transition to adulthood, including:
  • Extension of foster care payments
  • Continued oversight by a caseworker for additional support
  • Counseling services
  • Continued health care coverage
  • Training in independent living skills
  • More time to finish high school and pursue vocational or secondary education

What are the program requirements?

You must meet one of the following:

  • Attending high school
  • Participating in a GED program
  • Enrolled in college (at least part-time) 
  • Employed (at least 80 hours per month)
  • Incapable of participating in the activities above due to a documented medical condition

How do I apply?

Contact your local DHS office and ask for the Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Liaison.

Click the link below to learn more about YAVFC.