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.


Are you a young person between the ages of 14 and 26 who has foster care experience? If so, you are eligible for EMERGENCY Pandemic Relief Funds.


The recent Consolidated Appropriations Act sets aside significant emergency relief for young people with foster care experience who are struggling right now because of the Pandemic. Below is an explanation of what support is available in our state and how to access these resources. View Frequently Asked Questions about the Consolidated Appropriations Act. 


What does the new law do?

  • Provides supportive resources for young people with foster care experience over age 14 and up to age 26.
  • Stops termination of services, during this pandemic, to youth because of their age; and
  • Allows youth to re-enter foster care (up until age 22) if they aged out of foster care between 4/1/20-9/30/21.



  • Wrap-around case management
  • Financial assistance for basic needs
  • Financial assistance to secure and maintain safe housing
  • Financial assistance for transportation needs
  • Increased ETV financial assistance for post-secondary education or vocational program
  • Transitional support services into adulthood
  • Re-entry to South Carolina foster care system 

We Need to Hear from You!

SCDSS wants every youth in South Carolina to receive all sources of emergency relief for which they are eligible. To learn more, ask questions or add your name to the Older Youth Pandemic Relief list for South Carolina, please click here to complete and submit our Contact Form. You may also call or text the Chafee/ETV Hotline at 803-995-0835. Having your information on our list will help us to distribute the funds to you as soon as possible if you are eligible. Please note SCDSS will need to verify you were in foster care and that you meet the age requirements. We will notify you when we have more information about your eligibility.


Click the image below to view a video message from SCDSS State Dir. Michael Leach about Pandemic Relief for Older Youth. 


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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.