Services and Supports After Age 18
Recognizing the support youth in out of home care need as they transition to adulthood, DCYF has two voluntary programs through which eligible young adults can receive continued assistance after they turn 18 years of age.
If you are interested in any of these programs, speak to your DCYF worker or contact the nearest DCYF District Office and ask to speak to the Adolescent Worker or Permanency JPPO.
New: HOPE (Housing and Opportunities to Personally Excel) Program
Young adults who were in the legal custody of NH DHHS upon attaining the age of 18 have the option of voluntarily requesting to remain in DCYF foster care until the age of 21. This includes young adults that previously declined this option at the time of their 18th birthday or started the program and discontinued participation.
Participants must sign a Voluntary Placement Agreement (VPA) and meet the additional requirements contained in the VPA.
Anyone interested in applying for the HOPE Program should contact the nearest DCYF District Office and ask to speak to the Adolescent Worker or Permanency JPPO.
LifeSet: The Bridge to Successful Adulthood
This service is available to DCYF involved youth and young adults between 17.5 and 23 years of age as they navigate adult challenges on the way to becoming independent adults. Visit their website: www.youthvillages.org/services/lifeset/ or read the LifeSet Brochure.
A voluntary program that assists eligible young adults formerly in DCYF out of home care in their pursuit of education, employment, housing and well-being goals.
Aftercare Services, including limited financial assistance and the support of a DCYF Worker are available to eligible young adults who have left DCYF out of home care.
You are eligible if:
- You are between the ages of 18-26 with a previously open DCYF Child Protective or Juvenile Justice Services’ case and you exited DCYF foster, relative, shelter, group or residential care or secure detention* on or after your 18th birthday.
- You are between the ages of 18-26 and you exited DCYF Child Protective or Juvenile Justice Services’ foster, relative, shelter, group or residential care or secure detention* for guardianship or adoption after your 16th birthday.
*(If you exited from secure detention you must have also previously resided in DCYF foster, relative, shelter, group, or residential care at some point on or after your 14th birthday.)
Young adults receiving Aftercare Services are eligible for one or both of two federal funds based on exit status, availability and personal need. These programs are funded by the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. Youth receiving Aftercare Services can also apply for a housing voucher.
Funding is designed to complement the young adult's own efforts to achieve self-sufficiency.
Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Funds
If you are looking to attend an accredited college or a career training program of at least one year in duration you can access Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funds.
ETV funds can be used for "cost of attendance items" such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and child care expenses. Also see Paying for College.
Funding from this program can be used toward basic needs such as housing, food, medical and car insurance, car expenses, etc. These funds are available to young adults under the age of 23 who are also qualified for aftercare services.
Hear about a young adult's first-hand experience with the HOPE Program.
DCYF HOPE Program
DCYF HOPE Program
Transcript of video:
Hey everyone I'm Lauren. I'm 20 years old and I'm in the HOPE program. I have my own apartment in Laconia, New Hampshire and I currently attend Empire Beauty School.
If you want you should go give the Instagram a follow to watch my journey and who knows, maybe i'll be cutting your hair in 10 months.
Being in the hope program has truly just given me the extra support that i need, that we all need. Being on your own at a young age is hard especially if you're like me and you hate asking for help because you feel like you have a lot to prove. I meet once a month with my aftercare worker and she just makes sure that I'm on top of my personal health and well-being as well as my personal goals.
and the monthly stipend that I receive just helps me to get ahead of my bills and so that i don't have to stress as much while I'm in school and that's truly been a blessing.
what I like the most about the hope program is just knowing that I have the extra support if anything was to go wrong. You know maybe I'm not able to work enough hours one week or I just need help finding resources.
You should definitely give it a try. You know you can stop at any time and like anything in life that can lead to something beneficial, why not give it a shot? I wish you guys the best.