What is Check for Us?
Check For Us is a National Outreach Campaign to reconnect foster youth with necessary and available resources and opportunities.
What are Pandemic Relief Funds?
Pandemic Relief Funds are also known as “Chafee Funds” which are federal dollars provided tostates to directly support foster youth. The program is intended to serve youth who are likely to remain in foster care until age 18, youth who, after attaining 16 years of age, have left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption, and young adults ages 18-21 who have "aged out" of the foster care system.
What is the purpose of the campaign?
What is the process for distributing Pandemic Relief Funds?
State child welfare teams are preparing rapidly and the lack of technology, aging infrastructure, and bureaucratic processes present a daunting challenge for states to get aid to as many youth as possible. Because of this concern, Think of Us is supporting states and other local and national organizations to find and connect with those eligible before the September 30, 2021 deadline by which all funds must be disbursed.
Who qualifies for Pandemic Relief Funds?
While state requirements are often specific and may have disqualifying parameters, here are the current federal requirements:
Is there an age limit to access Pandemic Relief Funds?
Yes. In most states, current and former foster youth between the ages of 14 and 26 qualify for Chafee Pandemic Relief Funds.
How does a young person access Pandemic Relief Funds?
Check For Us will ensure that states are able to reach youth at the scale needed to meet their urgent needs and the program requirements. Through the National Campaign, young people are able to securely sign up on the campaign website and Think of Us will share their information directly with states to maximize the reach.
Who’s involved in Check For Us?
There are a number of local and national organizations participating in Check For Us. You can view a complete list of participating organizations on the "ABOUT" page of the campaign website.
Who is Think of Us?
Founded in 2017 and led by former foster youth, Think Of Us has a track record of centering lived experience and creating trust and connection. As a highly respected and trusted organization across the child welfare ecosystem, Think of Us is leveraging technology in unprecedented ways and providing access to resources never before available and creating new paths of support for foster youth.
What will an eligible recipient receive?
Eligibility is state specific and many states are still determining how the money can be spent, and how they will provide access to it. This is why Think of Us is jumping in! Think of Us will collect your information and share with the states directly so you are first in line - and we will communicate with you directly via text and email as we capture the specific state to state information so you know what to expect - and when to expect it.
What will my state’s plan be?
How can I help?
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