Teens

A Handbook for Youth in Foster Care can be found here:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/DHS-Pub-0089_353116_7.pdf

Youth in Transition

Youth In Transition funding provides services and resources to youth transitioning out of foster care. These funds are intended to help youth become successful adults. YIT funds can be used for things like education (including graduation expenses), employment, or health. The funds are only available if there is no other way to pay for the services needed. In addition, each county may have different amounts and rules for using YIT funds. You can get more information about YIT and tons of resources for older youth in care by going to:
http://www.michigan.gov/fyit

Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative

MYOI is a program that focuses on financial literacy and youth advocacy. The

program provides training on money management, and skills that help foster youth become successful adults. Local youth boards serve as a support network and are a way to share teens’ voices and thoughts on making the child welfare system better. Right now MYOI is in 26 sites across the state. For more information ask your child’s caseworker and go to:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/myoi-factsheet_311521_7.pdf

Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Program

Youth between the ages of 18 and 21 who have participated in Michigan’s foster care program may be eligible for continued support until age 21. Extending foster care to age 21 offers a safety net of supportive services and financial benefits during the critical transition to adulthood, including:

  • Extension of foster care payments.
  •  Continued oversight by a case worker for additional support.
  •  Counseling services. Continued health care coverage.
  •  Training in independent living skills.
  •  More time to finish high school and pursue vocational or secondary education

Youth are eligible if attending high school, participating in a GED program, enrolled at a college (at least part-time), employed at least 80 hours per month, or incapable of participating in any of the activities listed above due to a documented medical condition.

Foster Care Transitional Medicaid (FCTMA)

Youth in foster care at the age of 18 may be eligible for medical coverage through FCTMA until the day they turn 21. If you are 18 or older when your case closes, and you are not returning home, youth should give a friendly reminder to your caseworker to sign you up to receive FCTMA. Caseworkers can begin the process by completing a form called DHS-57. You can also call the FCTMA Message Phone at 877-268-3754.

Closed Case Services

If you are a young adult and your foster care case is closed, you may still be eligible for some closed case services, including participation in your county’s MYOI program.  Contact your local county MDHHS and ask for the MYOI coordinator to find out how to get involved.