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
Former Foster Care Youth (FFCY) Medical Program - (Effective January 1, 2014) The FFCY Medical program provides medical coverage (equivalent to OHP Plus) to youth aging out of Oregon State or Tribal foster care at age 18 or older. Coverage will end on a young adult's 26th birthday. Additional information provided in the link below.
Psychotropic Medications - Things You Need to Know
For more information about psychotropic medications and trauma, visit the DHS Psychotropic Medication website and refer to the guides below:
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