If you were in foster care at any time since you turned 13, then applying for financial aid will require additional steps before you can receive your financial aid package. Make sure to communicate with the college’s financial aid office and your school counselor or college adviser to assist you with this process so that you can get the maximum financial aid available to you. Contact your school counselor to learn more about any additional free resources for foster youth available through the school or your community.
- Children’s Home Society (CHS) of North Carolina’s goal is to be a compassionate advocate for families. They specialize in education and prevention programs, family preservation, and adoption and foster care. Their ultimate mission is to promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family.
- Child Welfare Services of North Carolina has a list of all state-wide resources available to residents of North Carolina.
- FosterClub is a national network for youth in foster care. Their mission is to lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers.
- SaySo – which stands for STRONG ABLE YOUTH SPEAKING OUT – is a statewide association of youth aged 14 to 24 who are or have been in the out-of-home care system that is based in North Carolina. This includes all types of substitute care, including foster care, group homes, and mental health placements.
- The Independent Living Services for Foster Youth page has resources for youth and young adults currently or formerly in foster care. Brief descriptions and contact information can be found on here for the NC LINKS program, Education Training Voucher Program, NC Reach and Medicaid services.
- The National Foster Parent Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to be a respected national voice for foster, kinship, and adoptive families through networking, education, and advocacy.