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Special Pandemic Act Assistance for Foster Youth

Pandemic Act Assistance for Foster Youth

If you:

-Are you under the age of 27
-Aged out of the Texas Foster Care System
-Participating in Texas Extended Foster Care

You may be eligible for the time-limited Federal pandemic relief benefits to help with: Basic needs, rent, educational assistance, utilities, childcare, car insurance, groceries and other expenses.

Pandemic Act Legislation

Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act was enacted as Division X of P.L. 116-260,
the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Since the passage of Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act, enacted on December 27, 2020, DFPS has been reviewing this legislation and consulting with federal partners as it relates to youth currently and formerly in foster care.

With the March 9, 2021 release by the federal government of additional instructions and clarifications as provided by Program Instruction ACYF-CBPI-21-04, DFPS is finalizing plans to provide needed financial support to those impacted by the pandemic. DFPS is working to amend the ETV and PAL Aftercare contracts, providing guidance and financial resources to our PAL staff, and continues to pursue other mechanisms to make funds available to eligible young adults ages 21 up to age 27.

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