Are you a teen or young adult currently or formerly in foster care in Virginia? If so, this website is for you! The Foster My Future webpage is intended to be a resource to help navigate your foster care experience and guide your success as you reach toward your goals. Here you can find information about a number of services available to you, links to helpful resources, ways to connect with other youth like you, and opportunities for leadership and advocacy.
Did you know?
Youth ages 14 and older in foster care are eligible to receive services through the Independent Living Program (ILP) such as: educational assistance, vocational training, daily living skills, counseling, outreach, and coordination of services.
Fostering Futures is a program that extends foster care services to youth after they turn 18. This voluntary program allows your local department of social services to provide you with financial and social support and services until you are 21 years old.
SPEAKOUT (Strong Positive Educated Advocates Keen on Understanding the Truth) is the Virginia Youth Advisory Board provides input directly to the Virginia Department of Social Services on improving the foster care system. SPEAKOUT is for youth in foster care and alumni (an adult previously in foster care) who are interested in using their voice to provide input on foster care regulations, policy, guidance, and practice concerns, while also building leadership and advocacy skills.
If you are in school, you may be eligible for up to $5,000 per year for educational and living expenses through the Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program.
If you had Medicaid and turned 18 while in foster care, you may be eligible to continue that medical coverage until the age of 26.
The National Youth in Transition Database utilizes feedback from current and former youth in foster care to better understand how foster care services can be improved. We are currently surveying youth who were in foster care on their 17th birthday and are now turning 19 years old any time between October 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.