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Advice from Aftercare

What do youth need to know when deciding whether to be adopted or age out of care?

 

If a youth is adopted prior to age 16, they would not qualify for any Aftercare benefits or special college grants.

If a youth is adopted after the age of 16, they will still qualify for general Aftercare, which includes case management and emergency funds of up to $1200 per year, and also qualifies them for college grants-the Education Training Voucher (ETV) and the All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant (AIOFCG).

The two things financially that a youth would lose if they were adopted after age 16 vs. aging out of care are 1) the monthly PAL stipend which assists youth with living expenses each month, and 2) MIYA-Medicaid for Independent Young Adults (health insurance coverage).

One thing that I like to point out is that with PAL there is never a “guarantee” that a youth receives a monthly stipend.  The stipend amount is based on meeting program requirements including working or going to school, budget needs, and other sources of income, both earned and unearned.  I say that because I wouldn’t want the PAL stipend to be the sole factor in someone making a decision on whether or not to adopt or be adopted, though I understand that money is a very real concern for most anyone.

Also, the Aftercare website has a lot of good information for youth and anyone else interested.  Specifically I would point anyone to the “Frequently Asked Questions” link on the home page of the website,     www.iowaaftercare.org

-Kelli Noveshen

 

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