FAQ on New Federal Guidance for Older Youth in the COVID Crisis

Jenny Pokempner,

We created an FAQ to help advocates understand recently issued guidance from the Administration for Children and Families for states addressing some of the challenges facing older youth in or leaving foster care during a pandemic. The guidance allows states to take actions like: opting into IV-E extended foster care quickly, requesting to suspend the work and school requirements for extended foster care, developing expedited re-entry processes, and take the option to provide Chafee services until youth are age 23.  

We hope advocates can use this guidance to implement policies to provide immediate assistance to youth in their states, and we welcome any questions or requests for assistance.

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About the Expert

Jennifer Pokempner is a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center. At Juvenile Law Center, her work focuses on improving outcomes and opportunities for older youth in the foster care system through policy and legal advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.