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Independent Living Program

Rules and Policies 

Medical benefits regarding Former Foster Care Youth Medical Program replaces Chafee Medical

(Effective January 1, 2014) the FFCY Medical Program replaced the Chafee Medical Program. 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.

Update child's education records in the OR-Kids database during June

Children are promoting and graduating throughout the state during the month of June so it is a convenient time to update each child's education records. To do so, please go to the education tab in the child's person record in the OR-Kids system.  

Tuition and fee waivers to youth for Oregon community colleges and public universities. 

At age 18, many foster youth become solely responsible for themselves almost overnight with little or no support. Tuition and fee waivers will alleviate one major challenge to gaining economic independence through education. The Oregon Legislature passed this law to address the unique needs of foster youth. Learn more about student aid for foster youth​.

Providing Consumer Credit Reports to Teens in Care (CW-IM-15-011) 

An annual review of a youth’s consumer credit report ensures there is some oversight of such a report, that no one is fraudulently using the youth’s identity or misusing any of the youth’s resources. 

Credit Report Program Instruction-Administration for Children and Families 

The website can be used to obtain the credit report of foster youth if they are 18 and over only. However, Child Welfare has contracts with each of the three major Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs) and is currently obtaining the reports for youth in foster care ages 16 and 17 shortly after their birthdays (and 18 and older upon request). 

Choosing a Health Care Representative or Proxy (CW-IM-10-017)  

The President signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) on March 23, 2010. The law amended three sections of titles IV-B and IV-E of the Act to ensure that children receiving independent living services and/or education and training vouchers, and those who are aging out of foster care have information and education about the importance of having a health care power of attorney or health care proxy, and to provide the youth with the option to execute such a document.

Important Protocols and Procedures 

  • Child Welfare Procedure Manual
    • Chapter 5 Section 15 - Placement of a youth in an approved supervised independent living arrangement
    • Chapter 5 Section 29 - Youth Transitions
    • Appendix 5.18 - Requirements at Independence: "Transition T​ool Kit" Checklist
    • Chapter 5 Section 33 - Obtaining a Driver's Permit and License for Youth in Care Under Age 18
    • Appendix 5.29 - Obtaining a Driver's Permit and License for Youth in Care (Under 18) Meeting Template
    • Chapter 5 Section 33 - Appendix 5.30: Driver's Education Course Payment Form  
    • Chapter 5 Section 34 - Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standards
    • Chapter 5 Section 35 - Rights of Ch​ildren and Youth in Foster Care​
  • Saving as a Youth in Care
  • ""Oregon Foster Youth Connection: Prudent Parent video

Rights of Children and Youth in Foster Care 

Other Key Policies


See all ODHS Child Welfare Policies

See ODHS Procedure Manual and Appendices ​​​​​​