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Chafee Foster Care Independent Living
Education and Training Voucher Program

Most young people make the transition from adolescence to adulthood with the support of their biological families, communities, and schools. However, youth aging out of foster care may lack family and social supports. As a result, foster youth face enormous challenges in making a smooth transition to adulthood and building successful lives.

North Dakota’s commitment to foster youth does not end when they are discharged from the foster care.

The overall goal of the Chafee Independent Living Program is that all former foster youth will reach the following outcomes by age 21:

Services and supports are available through the Chafee Program for foster youth, age 16+, who have been identified as “likely to age out of foster care”, and for youth who have aged out of the system and have not yet reached their 21st birthday.

Current foster youth, age 14+, who have not been identified as likely to age out of foster care, are also required to have a plan for Independent Living. These youth people will have their Independent Living related needs assessed and addressed through the Child and Family Team and custodial case manager.

Education and Training Voucher Program

Foster care who "age out" of foster care or enter a kinship guardianship or are adopted at age 16+, have the option to apply for the education and Training Voucher Program.

Similar to a college scholarship, the youth can apply to receive up to $2,500 per semester, $5,000 per year with a lifetime maximum for $20,000 for college tuition.

The Chafee Foster Care Independent Living Program and the Education and Training Voucher Program are administered by the Department of Human Services. For further information, contact the Children and Family Services Division at 701-328-4934.

Find more valuable information on topics important to youth at www.nd.gov/ndyouth.

 

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