The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 signed into law December 14, 1999, established the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, referred to as Chafee. The passage of this Act offered important new help to young people transitioning from foster care. In addition, the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001 added another purpose, Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) to the Chafee program. ETV allows states to provide funds for youth to attend post-secondary education or training programs.

Early and on-going support for education is extremely important in preparing youth for self-sufficiency. Setting, monitoring and incorporating educational goals as part of their permanency plan will assist youth in understanding the importance of having a vision of educational success. The ETV Program gives the Children’s Division the opportunity to provide educational and training funds to assist eligible youth interested in pursuing a higher education to reach their goals. The Missouri ETV program is administered by the Orphan Foundation of America.

Those eligible for ETVs include:

Additionally:

Youth may receive up to $5,000 per year or the total “cost of attendance.” The cost of attendance includes:

Eligible youth may apply for post secondary education/training assistance by completing the application online at https://www.statevoucher.org and submitting the required forms:

All applicants must have an active E-mail account which can be created for free through the ETV website. ETV assistance will be reviewed and made on a semester basis. Students must reapply online for every new school year. Every term, they must complete and submit a new Financial Aid Release Forms and Cashier Statements.

Older Youth Transition Specialists assist with eligibility determination once a student has applied on-line.