Established in December 1999 when the Foster Care Independence Act passed into law, the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
- Emphasizes securing permanent families for youth in care
- Increases funding for independent living activities
- Increases assistance for youth transitioning from foster care
- Expands Medicaid opportunities for transitioning youth
- Increases state accountability for transitioning youth
In 2001, Congress also authorized the Chafee Education and Training Voucher Program to meet the needs of transitioning youth .
With support from Casey, the national Foster Care Coalition has published this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to help state agencies, child welfare professionals, advocates and young people use and understand Chafee programs.