25, No. 2
NC Seeks to Serve More with Foster Care 18-21 Program
North Carolina wants to bring the benefits of its Foster Care 18-21 program to more young adults. This voluntary program gives youth in foster care the option to continue receiving services, including monthly foster care maintenance payments, until they reach age 21.
As Figure 1 shows, participation in Foster Care 18-21 has grown steadily. In its first six months, it served 407 young adults. Enrollment climbed to 968 in its first full year and increased further in 2018-19 (NCDHHS, 2019).
We Can Do Better
Increasing the use of the Foster Care 18-21 program can help us achieve this goal. If you or your agency has questions about how to grow the number of youth it serves with this program, contact the NC Division of Social Services' Erin Conner (Erin.Conner@dhhs.nc.gov).