Report: Continued State Flexibility to Assist Older Foster Youth Act

Posted by Congressional Research Service on November 30, 2021

[From The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research]

On October 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Continued State Flexibility to Assist Older Foster Youth Act” (H.R. 5661) which would reinstate and extend the critical protections for older foster youth that were included in the 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act. This bill has been introduced in the Senate by Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich). This legislation would impact college-going foster youth in many ways, including:

  • Extending Chafee services to age 27
  • Allowing states to spend more than the current 30% of Chafee funding on housing
  • Increasing flexibility for use of ETV funding
  • Elimination of Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements

This Report from the Congressional Research Service provides detailed information about the need for this legislation and what it entails.

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