Essential Documents are the important papers that establish your identity. These consist of your birth certificate, social security card, and identification card. Foster youth are entitled to receive certain documents prior to aging out at 18 years old, including:
Foster youth should be sure to request these documents from their social worker, prior to leaving care.
For additional assistance, youth should contact their Regional Independent Living Specialist.
Youth currently in state’s care are entitled to a free certified birth certificate. Foster youth between the ages of 16 to 21, who are currently committed, can apply for a certified birth certificate by clicking here.
Youth who have aged out of foster care can purchase a birth certificate for $10.00 by completing a Birth Certificate Application and submitting it to Vital Statistics.
A Credit Report is a record of your credit history and activity. The state is required to obtain credit reports for foster youth starting at 14 years old until they reach the age of 18. Their social worker will let you know if their report indicates any fraudulent activity and will help them resolve the issue. Starting at 18 years old, youth should obtain their credit report each year to ensure it is accurate. They can do so free here.
Note: When obtaining your free annual credit report, your previous address will be listed as 275 E Main St. Frankfort, Kentucky 40621.
Voting allows you to state your choice for candidates running for government office and voice your opinion on proposed changes to law. United States citizens, 18 years of age or older, are eligible to vote.
Statewide managed care organization Aetna Better Health of Kentucky was chosen to manage the new Supporting Kentucky Youth program, also known as SKY. This means children and youth in foster care and out-of-home care, children receiving adoption assistance, dually involved youth and former foster care youth will be enrolled with Aetna for their medicaid coverage. For more information, visit https://www.aetnabetterhealth.com/kentucky/supporting-kentucky-youth.html.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires states to provide young adults under 26 with free health care if they were in foster care at age 18 or older. This ensures that former foster youth can access the health care services they need – just like non-foster youth who can stay on their parents’ insurance plans until 26.
Good news, that job at McDonalds is actually getting you one-step closer to your dream job! Youth are often met with disappoint when they realize their first job may not be the one of their dreams. The reality is that it takes time to develop the skill set and acquire the training that will qualify you for your dream job. However, no experience is a waste. Work experiences give you the opportunity to develop relationships and mentors who will help you fulfill your goals. Every job also gives you an opportunity to develop the basic skills you will need to be successful in any job and in life in general.
These skills include:
Fostering Success is the state’s summer employment program for current and former foster youth (18 to 23 years old). This 10-week program will give you an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be successful in any career path. The program provides a paid internship in either a local DCBS office or local business. The program matches participants with Job Coaches who will assist them with professional development and career planning support. High performing participants will have the opportunity to remain in the program for 9 months.
Registration starts in March. For more information, email: Chafee.email@example.com.
Current and former foster youth are eligible for a variety of educational benefits and resources.
Current Foster youth are eligible to take TWO free ACT Tests. Foster youth are also eligible for free access to the online Kaplan ACT prep program. For more information, contact your high school guidance counselor.
The Tuition Waiver for Foster and Adopted Children waives the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at all of Kentucky’s public 4 (year) universities as well as all the colleges and institutions of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Once utilized, the waiver is good for 5 years. Tuition Waiver Eligible Schools
Eligible youth include:
Eligible youth must:
To apply, the youth should complete Section I of the Tuition Waiver and return the form to the college’s financial aid office.
The Waiver should be completed at least 6 weeks prior to the start of classes.
The ETV program provides former foster youth up to $5000 per year to assist with the cost of attending college or completing a job-training program. Youth receiving the Education Training Voucher are also eligible for additional supports and services to ensure their success.
Eligible youth must:
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered Apprenticeship is a flexible training system that combines job related technical instruction with on-the-job learning experiences. Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become better at the job. Registered Apprenticeship is active in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, but it is expanding into emerging industries such as healthcare, energy, and homeland security.
Job Corps is a program for 16-24 year olds that provides a place to live, medical care, vocational training, and a GED. Students live on the Job Corps campus while they receive vocational training for a job. This program is free.
AmeriCorps provides a living allowance, health insurance, training, and an education award to help young people age 16 and over pay for college or vocational training in exchange for serving full-time in community service. Young people can live on campus or on their own.
FEMA Corps is a joint program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and AmeriCorps, and offers young people the similar benefits as AmeriCorps. FEMA Corps Members serve a 10-month term and are eligible to serve a second year based on their performance. FEMA Corps members may work directly with disaster survivors, provide support services to disaster recovery centers, or assist disaster preparedness.
Year Up is a free one-year program for young people between 18–24 years old who are highly motivated to learn technical and professional skills. It combines hands-on skill development, college credits, a stipend, and corporate internships to prepare students for success in professional careers and higher education. Youth earn up to 24 college credits and a stipend while gaining valuable work experience in the field of IT. Must be a high school graduate or GED recipient.
Joining the Military. This guide was written to help foster youth understand what "Joining the Military" really means. For foster youth who are considering military service, this guide will help you make the best decision for yourself and help you navigate the military enlistment process.
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Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) – KHEAA
Learn about the high pay jobs you can pursue without a college degree. Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems offers hundreds of degree and certificate programs across which foster youth can attend for free by using the Tuition Waiver for Foster and Adopted Children.
Moving out on your own is one of the biggest milestones of becoming a young adult. While exciting, it can also be scary. It is important you consider a few questions before moving out on your own:
Are you a:
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