Chafee/ETV Program (Independent Living)

John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood 
(formerly known as Independent Living Program)

John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood. The journey to adulthood is a critical transition for youth in foster care.  It is a time when young adults learn to take on the primary responsibility for their futures and the accompanying concerns of employment, education, healthcare, housing and home management, and maintaining significant relationships with those who will continue to support and encourage them beyond the transition to independence. This section will provide information on services, resources, manuals, and policies that ensures opportunities are available for youth to learn independent living skills necessary to become self-reliant.

ATTENTION! One-Time Stimulus Funds Program Expiration

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act set aside significant emergency relief for young people in foster care and alumni of foster care who have been affected by the Pandemic. As of February 4, 2022 South Carolina has fulfilled its obligation under the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The OYPR stimulus funds program has come to an end. The Chafee/ETV Program was able to offer assistance to over 700 former foster youth and over 800 current foster youth. These youth and young adults needed additional support to help them endure the Pandemic and overcome the challenges they’ve faced related to employment, school, transportation, and housing. There are 137 young people now enrolled in post-secondary education! The awarded allotment of 4.2 million dollars was released as one-time stimulus payments and emergency resources to help former and current foster youth stabilize their situations, so they can continue working toward their goals.

 The Chafee/ETV program will return to its normal operations and serve youth until 21st birthday with assistance outlined in the Chafee/ETV guidebook. Those in college are eligible to receive ETV funds until 26th birthday. Requests will be approved based on available funding.





Child Welfare Services Transformation

Best Outcomes for Children and Families

Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.