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Webinar: Older Youth Pandemic Relief: Summary and Highlights of the Program Instruction

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The Children’s Bureau issued the Program Instruction for the Supporting Foster Youth and Families Act Program Instruction on March 9th. This document is crucial to the effective and quick implementation of the older youth provisions of the law. On March 17th, 2021 FosterClub and Juvenile Law Center with Think of Us, and Youth Villiages provided a summary of the older youth sections of the PI highlighted key areas to support the implementation of the law. 

This webinar provided the following: 

  • Summary of the Law and Implementation Updates

  • Summary and Highlights of the Program Instruction (Moratorium, Re-Entry and Chafee)

  • Q&A

  • What’s Next

The Goal of this webinar an overview of the Older Youth Provisions in the Children's Bureau Program Instruction tools, highlight tools and resources on best practices to begin swift implementation, and most importantly remind states, jurisdictions, and territories of the urgency of implementation. 

View the webinar recording here > > >

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Handouts and resources to support your implementation: 


1) Children’s Bureau Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-21-04 which provides guidance and instruction related to the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act, Division X of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law (P.L.) 116-260, enacted December 27, 2020.

2) Decision Grid: Direct Financial Assistance: This tool is for jurisdictions planning to deliver direct financial assistance to young people. 

3) Examples of Permissible Uses of Chafee Funds outlined in the program guidance. 

3)FAQ for the Older Youth Provisions of DIVISION X of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic Act this FAQ was developed by a group of advocates. 


The Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act (H.R. 7947) became law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act on December 27, 2020 (PL 116-260). This law is intended to bring significant emergency relief to young people in and from foster care. Young people in and from care were instrumental in the passage of this law and it is critical that young people are involved in the implementation process. 

Join us for our next Webinar Wednesday, March 24th at 4:00 pm ET for Moving Forward with the Program Instruction, Part 2. 

Reach out to FosterClub's policy team at [email protected] or Jenny Pokempner at [email protected] for questions about this webinar or implementation. 

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