For many youth aging out of Oregon's foster care system, support is not always easy to find.
Nationally, more than 20,000 young people transition out of foster care every year. Often times with little to no family support, foster youth are left on their own to know how to navigate life outside of the foster care system. "Aging out" refers to what happens when youth leave substitute care at age 18 or older. With no foster care funding, youth may lose their place to live, health care coverage, connections to supportive adults, and may not be prepared to live independently in an adult world. As a foster youth, there are often many lessons to be learned and challenges and barriers to overcome. Having supportive adults and the right resources allows our youth and young adults to have what they need to become responsible and contributing members of society. Oregon has much to offer youth and young adults from foster care. Listed below are just some of the resources available:
Helpful Resources for Teens and Young Adults
Chafee Medical Referral Form - (Effective May 1, 2010) The Chafee Medical Program provides medical coverage for former State of Oregon foster/tribal youth aging out of foster care at age 18 or older (up to age 21). To qualify, foster youth must have received foster care medical when they turned age 18.
Healthy Kids- For all State of Oregon children leaving foster/tribal care up to the age of 19 (includes youth aging out of adoption assistance or guardianship assistance up to the age of 19),
Health Care Representative/Proxy (Effective October 1, 2010) New Federal requirement to inform youth of their right to select a health care representative Health Care Representative/Proxy Agency IM caseworkers - IM CW-IM-10-017
Link to Oregon Health Decisions website http://www.oregonhealthdecisions.org/index.htm