Mississippi Division of Baby Protecting Companies (MDCPS) will likely be offering pandemic aid to former foster youth within the type of monetary help.
Mississippi will obtain a $3.3 million share of the Supporting Foster Youth and Households by way of the Pandemic Act authorized by Congress in early 2021. This Act allotted $400 million to handle the “essential wants of youth and younger adults who’re or had been previously in foster care.”
Any Mississippi former foster youth as much as 26 years of age who spent at the very least at some point in foster care after their fourteenth birthday is eligible to use for federal COVID Pandemic Help Funds.
MDCPS is robotically awarding base quantity stipends to present and former foster youth. These funds don’t require a youth to use for assist and don’t disqualify a youth from searching for extra monetary assist/aid. These funds are presently being distributed to virtually 1,000 youth presently in foster care in Mississippi or who lately exited from Mississippi’s foster care system:
- $600 -for youth ages 14 and 15, presently in foster care in Mississippi
- $1,200 – for youth ages 16 and up, presently in foster care in Mississippi
- $1,200 – for youth as much as age 26 who aged out of foster care in Mississippi since January 2020
These funds can be utilized to complement housing, instructional, and transportation bills in addition to utility payments, groceries and different emergency help wants.
Youth can obtain as much as $12,000 in federal cash for training/tuition/room & board bills and as much as $4,000 in transportation on help together with assist in shopping for a automotive or getting a driver’s license. Cash can be obtainable for know-how purchases.
The Act additionally permits former foster youth who’re not in state custody to decide on to re-enter foster care. Moreover, present foster youth wouldn’t have to depart foster care as soon as they attain a sure age, beneath the Act’s time-limited provisions. Youth wouldn’t have to be in foster care to obtain the pandemic monetary help, nevertheless.
Youth could apply for the federal cash by: