Letter to Illinois Governor and DCFS Director from Foster Care Alumni Association-IL Chapter

The FCAA-IL requests an amendment to Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 to include additional responses to provide assistance to youth who are in or aging out of foster care.

Read the full letter here.

An update from an Illinois advocate on April 4:

  • DCFS agreed to expand services until June for young people who aged out of care recently and those who will be aging out of care during the COVID crisis.
  • Rules will change to permit former youth in care who are older than 21 to continue living in the same place until June.
  • DCFS will waive requirements for former youth in care to qualify for some housing assistance programs, like FUP.
  • Former youth in care can qualify for “emancipation funds” without completing a required financial literacy course. Instead, DCFS says they will help youth get info in less formal ways (like talking with youth about financial plans).
  • DCFS did not agree to the letter’s request to automatically grant requests for assistance from youth between the ages of 18 and 21, regardless of whether those requests that regularly require court order or not. DCFS’ response was that they’d “work collaboratively with the courts to facilitate automatic eligibility for youth between ages 18 and 21 during the crisis.”

Executive order here.

Executive order here.