Posted at high noon on July 27, 2021
The Brillion News
Pandemic relief funds are available to older foster youth.
The state Department of Children and Families (DCF) seeks to assist eligible foster young adults in accessing federal COVID-19 resources
To support older foster youth who have aged out of foster care, the federal government passed the Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic Act in December 2020.
Under this act, foster youth who live in Wisconsin and who have aged out of care can access pandemic relief funds to get financial support with rent, utility bills, transportation, groceries, and other basic needs.
“The COVID-19 public health emergency has put children, youth, and families at risk,” said DCF Secretary Emilie Amundson. “This funding will allow us to continue to provide critical services to young adults and ensure that they have the necessary supports to thrive.”
To be eligible for direct financial assistance, young adults must:
• Age out of care (a group home, foster home, treatment foster home, residential care center, or court-ordered kinship care) between January 27, 2020, and September 30, 2021; and,
• Be a Wisconsin resident.
That is all.
Other assistance may be available for eligible Independent Living youth up to age 23.
Current and former foster youth are encouraged to contact their local Transition Resource Agency or fill out a form on DCF’s website to determine their eligibility and receive more information.
DCF is trying to reach as many eligible youth as possible to ensure individuals receive this critical support; however, not all foster youth who age out of care remain connected to the state’s independent Living program. Advocates can help spread the word by downloading and sharing social media content and fliers from DCF’s Foster Youth Relief Funds Public Awareness Tool Kit. You can find it at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/foster-relief/tool-kit