COVID relief for thousands of foster youth has expired. Will lawmakers renew it? The pandemic package, passed in December of 2020, allocated $400 million to expanded relief and benefits for current and former foster youth. That assistance, however, ended on Sept. 30 and left many former foster youth facing new challenges as the pandemic continues. Read this article to learn more about the bill designed to give States continued flexibility to assist older foster youth. This bill has unanimously passed the House, but still needs to pass the Senate and President to become a law.
FOSTER YOUTH INDEPENDENCE Program Description Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) is an initiative designed to assist young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who have been part of the foster care system and are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. FYI is initiated in Alabama through the Department of Human Resources who works with eligible youth to connect with Public Housing Authorities and service providers to help youth identify, secure, and maintain housing while also participating in other optional services around education, job training, and financial goals. Who is eligible? Youth between 18 and 24 years old, and Have left foster care, or will leave foster care within 90 days, and were in foster care at the age of 18 and older, and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. What services are available to FYI participants? FYI staff will assist participants in connecting with a service provider(s) they meet eligibility for. Types of Services Pro
"When we say out loud what is heavy on our heart, we set ourselves up to be freed from our silent suffering." We all need to find a outlet whether it's through music, writing, sports, dance, etc. Whether you doodle mindlessly on a page or journal for hours, research suggests the act of creating art has powerful healing properties. Art is healing because it forces you to forge a connection between your mind and your body. Unlike exercise , which works your body, or meditation , which clears your mind, art-making accesses both mind and body to promote healing. Every time you sit down to write a song or paint a picture, you’re using mental processes in a physically engaging activity. “ Reading or writing poetry creates a space for empathy, for seeing another person, for bearing witness to our common humanity.” Whether it’s written or spoken, poetry can be a powerful tool to aid in healing. It offers an opportunity for readers, writers, and speakers to feel both heard and