How are child welfare agencies supporting older youth and young adults in foster care during COVID?

Foster Care 18 to 21 should be offered to young adults who are 18, 19, or 20 years old and wish to enter or remain in the program. No one should be terminated or denied entry to North Carolina’s Foster Care 18 to 21 program as a result of the unique challenges from COVID-19. The Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law

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NC’s Foster Care 18 to 21 Program

This program allows youth to stay in foster care until age 21. Services and benefits include Medicaid coverage and educational grants/scholarships for attending a NC public community college or university. Other program benefits include: Placement in a home approved by the county child welfare agency. The only ineligible living situations are being incarcerated or living with the person DSS removed

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New legislation will improve North Carolina’s child welfare system
Overview of the Family and Child Protection and Accountability Act

Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 630 into legislation (S.L. 2017-41) on June 21, 2017, strengthening North Carolina’s social service system. Known as Rylan’s Law, the Family and Child Protection and Accountability Act will serve as the foundation for changes in how the North Carolina Division of Social Services (NC DSS) and the 100 county department of social services offices

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