There are a variety of resources available locally, statewide, and nationwide to support students who have experienced time in foster care.
Fostering Success Michigan (FSM) is building a statewide network through a collective-impact strategy that strives to prepare young people in foster care between the ages of 12 to 25 across the state of Michigan for success in higher education and beyond. FSM offers a variety of networking opportunities and valuable resources for youth at various educational stages who have experienced foster care as well adults interested in supporting young people who have experienced foster care.
Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. The mission of Casey Family Programs is to provide and improve – and ultimately prevent the need for – foster care.
First-Generation College Students @ Michigan is a student organization dedicated to recognizing, raising awareness of, and resolving the needs of undergraduate first-generation college students on the University of Michigan's campus.
Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA) is a national non-profit association that has been founded and is led by alumni of the foster care system. The mission of FCAA is to connect the alumni community and to transform foster care policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care.
FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care. Currently, there are about 400,000 young people in foster care in across America. FosterClub is their club — a place to turn for advice, information, and hope.
Michigan Organization of Nontraditional Students (MONTS)! MONTS is a new U-M student organization that will be coming to campus this fall; it seeks to create a safe space, and opportunities for connection, for undergraduate students whose ages, identities, and experiences do not align with the image of a student that is portrayed as the norm.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is the only professional organization specifically dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. They provide professional development, resources, and training support for anyone and everyone interested in supporting the academic success of children and youth challenged by homelessness. They also engage in federal policy advocacy to strengthen policies and resources for homeless children, youth, and families.
Youth who turned 18 while in foster care are eligible to receive Medicaid until age 26 under the Affordable Care Act. Access to healthcare is extremely important. Regular medical treatment can prevent conditions from getting worse, and costing more money.
To date, the Casey Family Scholars Program has invested more than $10M in scholarship funding for over 1,200 young people in community colleges, public and private universities and technical/career programs in all 50 states. Foster Care 2 Success provides the encouragement, mentoring and practical support students need to do well not only in school but in their personal lives.
The Education Training Voucher (ETV) program awards grants to eligible students who currently or formerly experienced foster care to help pay for college or specialized education. Full-time students are eligible for $2000 per semester and part-time students are eligible for $1000 per semester.
Foster Youth in Transition (FYIT) funds are available to cover expenses not covered by other government or community resources, or to augment or supplement services from other funding sources.
The Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS) provides eligible youth who have experienced foster care with scholarship funds for tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment.
Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative’s (MYOI) goal is to ensure that young people in foster care have successful outcomes in housing, education, employment, community engagement and health. MYOI provides youth boards, community partner boards, training, financial matches, and stipends.
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) provides scholarship assistance to students who are homeless or have experienced homelessness through the NAEHCY Scholarship Fund for Homeless Children.
The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond.
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.