Presentation on theme: "Utilizing Child Welfare Resources June 12, 2012. School vs. working or school AND working Transportation Education - what it takes to live on your."— Presentation transcript:
School vs. working or school AND working Transportation Education - what it takes to live on your own Budgeting More than an apartment – set-up and living expenses Leases What can I afford Do I need a roommate Security deposit Who will rent to me Do I need a co-signer What about my foster parent Is there someone I can count on for help Is it safe
Project LIFE - enhancing the successful transition of older foster youth to adulthood by increasing the capacity of professionals working with youth and promoting permanent connections and effective preparation for transition to adulthood Chafee Independent Living Program Funds - flexible funding available for older adolescents in an independent living skills, aftercare, or transitional living program Education and Training Voucher Program Funds - offers financial assistance to eligible current and former foster youth to attend an accredited college, university, vocational or technical college. Local Department’s of Social Services – provide hands on advocacy and service connections Foster parents – permanent connections for life
Youth leadership opportunities Independent living skills workshops and events Independent Living Skill Assessment Virginia Youth Advisory Council – opportunities for learning and networking Regional learning events Training and technical assistance for local department staff and staff of private child placing agencies – (Chafee and ETV)
$1.7 million state-wide 30% maximum for use with housing Room and board (how state defines it) Can use funds for security deposit, rent, emergency housing (e.g., hotel room), utilities Non-housing-related Expenses Transportation Car purchase, insurance, repairs, etc. Bus tokens, etc. Drivers ed Work-related costs uniforms
Monetary support to meet the education and training needs of foster care youth. $600,000 statewide Must be in post-secondary education or training program No more than $5,000/youth/year Limited use for Housing Room and board for dorm room or help with summer living arrangements Increase available funds for R & B by using PEL grant or other funds for tuition and fees
No annual limit on funds (statewide) $644 / youth / month limit FAPT/CPMT approval needed Flexible funding (based on CPMT policies and youth’s needs) Room and board Utilities Transportation costs Other Funds should supplement what is received through Chafee and ETV
Not a social services program Intended to help with post-secondary academic training for youth Provides mentors to help youth access services. Focus is: Educational stability Problem solving Hands on service to youth – weekly at first Transportation to school - funding for bus tokens, car repair
Have allocation of Chafee funds to spend Case management responsibility for older youth - Responsible for youth-driven transitional independent living plan Assessment, IL skill development opportunities, one-to-one counseling, regular contact Build strong collaborations in community Landlords including foster parents CSA Employment opportunities Great Expectations and other school contacts
The role of foster parents after age 18 Piece-meal funds to access stable housing Chafee and ETV funds CSA Stipend Youth responsibility (e.g., working and school; use of pay from work to help off-set expenses) Foster parent responsibility (e.g., transportation for youth, room and board, etc.).
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