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Get your Voice Heard

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARDS (YABS)
YAB

Your voice is important and can impact the future of young people in New Jersey. Check out the latest info on YABs and how they can help you share your voice and vision! read more >

Find Additional Support

WRAPAROUND

Did you know you might be eligible to receive funding for food, clothes, and other items that can help you to live independently?
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Be informed

POLICY, TOOLS, AND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

Do you want to learn about policies that impact young people in NJ? You’ve come to the right place - check out the Policy Corner for more information read more

Improve the Foster Care System

NATIONAL YOUTH IN TRANSITION DATABASE (NYTD)

NYTD is your chance to provide information that will impact changes in the future for other youth in care!
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Frequently Asked Questions

An independent living stipend is funding that can help young people make ends meet. They can be issued to help cover the cost of room and board, food and other "incidental" expenses. In order to be eligible, you must have an open case with DCP&P and be between the ages of 16 and 21.

Where you are living, how much money you earn, and other services that you may already be receiving, can impact your eligibility to receive an independent living stipend.

If you have questions about whether you qualify, the best place to start is to ask your Caseworker.

If you want to read the specific policy that explains what an independent living stipend is in detail, click here.

Beginning in April 2016, Independent Living Stipends will no longer come in the forms of checks, but will be loaded on a prepaid card (called a "Quickcents" or "Q-Card") or directly deposited into a back account of your choice. For more information on this important change, click "view all" below

If you haven’t been able to get in touch by phone, try reaching out to them by email. All email addresses for DCP&P staff have the same format, which is FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME@dcf.state.nj.us.

For example, if your worker’s name is John Smith, then his email would be john.smith@dcf.state.nj.us.

If you still aren’t able to get a response, try calling your Case worker’s office, press "0", and ask to have him/her “paged”. You can find the main number for every DCP&P Local Office here.

You can also call the office and ask to speak with your Case worker’s Supervisor, or you can ask for the “Local Office Manager”. This person oversees the whole office and can help you get the information you need.

You can also contact the Department of Children and Families' Office of Advocacy at 1-877-543-7864 or

The best place to find out more information on housing programs is right here on this website. If know what county you live in, click on the Resources tab on the top of this page, click on that name the county and then the button that says “Supportive Housing Programs”.

In order to find out if a program has openings and to see if you qualify you should contact the Adolescent Housing Hub at 1-877-652-7624. Click here

for more information on the Adolescent Housing Hub.

The New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholars Program helps many foster and homeless youth with tuition and fees at a public New Jersey college, university, or vocational school. Scholarships are also available for young people that go to private or out of state schools.

You may be able to receive scholarships that help with:
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Room and Board
  • Books and Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Computers/Special Equipment
  • Child Care Costs

Click here to find out more information and to get the latest NJFC application.

Click here for the answers to some common questions about the scholarship.

You can also contact the NJFC Scholarship Program at 1-800-222-0047 or scholarships@fafsonline.org


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