Information and resources for the DCYF Adolescent Program
The Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Adolescent Program helps current and former youth in care become healthy, self-sufficient and successful. We do this by:
- Creating connections with caring adults
- Providing opportunities for positive youth development
- Connecting youth to supportive resources
- Preparing youth for the transition from foster care to adulthood
Federal Funding Available for Former Foster Youth Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Young adults ages 22 and under previously in foster care after the age of 16* through the DHHS Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) are eligible to receive federal pandemic relief funds under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Foster care is defined as having been placed by DCYF in a foster home or in relative, group, residential or shelter care facility through an abuse/neglect, delinquency or Child in Need of Services (CHINS) case.
*Youth that exited the Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC) at age 16 or older may also be eligible if previously in foster care on or after age 14.
Funds will be provided on a first come, first served basis, and will be based on the individual’s current age and exit status from DCYF care.
Funds may be used for such expenses as:
- Back, current or future rent or mortgage payments
- Car purchase, repair, insurance and maintenance costs
- Utilities, groceries, or clothing
- Education and vocational program costs
- Technology purchases (cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.)
- Medical expenses, including COVID-19 testing and personal protective equipment
- Other basic needs at the young adult’s discretion
Note: Youth may be eligible for additional, separate federal funds that can be used to attend an accredited college or vocational training program of at least one year or to pay past tuition bills.
How to Get Started:
- DCYF has partnered with Waypoint to assist in applying for this funding. Go to waypointnh.org/programs/dcyf-cash-payment-program.
- The deadline for application is 9/30/22, as long as funds remain available.
Adolescent Child Protective Service Workers and Permanency JPPOs with specialized training in adult living preparation, positive youth development and teen services, provide case consultation and resource information to agency staff working with this population.
For youth in out-of-home placement, the Adult Living Preparation Process helps them plan for their futures and prepare for a successful transition to adulthood. The process starts at age 14 for youth in DCYF placement due to abuse and neglect, delinquency or CHINS. Teens are encouraged to actively engage in the Adult Living Preparation Process. Each teen receives information about community resources, transitional and adult issues. In addition, a youth participates in several assessments and helps with the development of an Adult Living Plan and Post Care Plan to support living as an adult after exit from state care. The plans are updated as needed to monitor progress and ensure a teen's adult preparation needs are met.