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  • Chafee Program


    Most young people make the transition from adolescence to adulthood with the support of their biological families, communities, and schools. However, youth aging out of foster care may lack family and social supports. As a result, foster youth face significant challenges in making a smooth transition to adulthood and achieving self-sufficiency.

    Jefferson County’s commitment to foster youth does not end when they are discharged from foster care. Youth receive a referral into the Chafee program through their assigned caseworker.

    The goal of Chafee is that all current and former foster youths are supported and gain the following benefits:

    • Actively involved in their own transition planning.
    • Provided and taught how to access available community and governmental resources.
    • Actively supported in the achievement of their high school diploma or GED and continuing education.
    • Actively supported in establishing permanent connections.
    • Supported in obtaining job skills, training, and employment.
    • Provided education around critical thinking and decision making skills utilizing our Brain Wise curriculum.
    • Provided education around financial literacy.
    • Provided Comprehensive Sexual Health Education.
    • Provided after-care services and support for child welfare case closure.


    Activities and programs include, but are not limited to, help with education, employment, financial management, housing, emotional support, and assured connections to caring adults for older youth in foster care.

    Services and supports are available through Chafee for:

    • 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
    • Young adults ages 18-21 who have "aged out" of the foster care system
    • Youth ages 14-17 currently in out-of-home care for a minimum of six months and can remain in the program until 21


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    What does Chafee mean?

    U.S. Senator John H. Chafee was an advocate for neglected and abused children and sponsored the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999. Today, the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) offers assistance to help current and former foster care youths achieve self-sufficiency. Grants are offered to states and tribes who submit a plan to assist youth in a wide variety of areas designed to support a successful transition to adulthood.

    For more information, contact Sarah Bay at sbay@jeffco.us or 303-271-4108.