Chafee Funded Services
Who is Eligible for Chafee Funded Services?
- Youth currently in foster care who are between the ages 14- 18
- Youth formerly in foster care who at age 14 or older left foster care for reunification
- Youth who have aged out of foster care at age 18 and have not turned age 21
- Youth formerly in foster care who at 16 or older left foster care for adoption, guardianship, kinship care and have not reached age 21
What Chafee funded services are available?
I. Academic (Secondary) Support Services
· School Sponsored Activities (such as ROTC, Sports Team, Band)
· Non-School Sponsored Activities (such as Karate classes)
· Leadership/Scholar Programs ● School Related Fees (such as summer school and field trips)
· GED ● Tutoring ● Chromebook ● Senior Prom ● Senior Graduation Items
· Graduate Awards ● College Applications/Fees ● ACT/SAT Prep class and Test
II. Post-Secondary Education Support Services
· Academic Incentive ● Computer Bundle ● Graduate Awards
III. Employment Support Services
· License/certification ● Job Skills Training ● Uniforms/Footwear
· Interview Clothing ● Professional Attire
IV. Transportation Support Services
· Bus Pass ● Bicycle ● Funds To college orientation ● Funds To GED/vocational/college
· Funds To Job Skills Training ● Funds to travel to Work ● Home Visits from College
· Driver’s Education ● State ID/ Driver’s license ● Vehicle Repairs and/or maintenance
V. Housing and Transition Support Services
· Utilities deposit ● Rental application fees ● Rental Deposit fees
· Furniture ● Rental Assistance ● Interim Housing for College Students
· DDSN Household Essential Bundle ● Household Essential Bundle
· Dorm Essential Bundle ● Emergency Assistance
How to apply for Chafee Funded Services?
First: Download the Pathways to Success Chafee and ETV Program booklet DSS Booklet 30258 (October 2022).
Second: Identify the services that you need.
Third: Discuss these services with your DSS case manager and/or foster parent and identify what is needed to support the requested items. If there are any questions, please contact IndependentLiving@dss.sc.gov for guidance and support.
Fourth: the DSS case manager will submit the Chafee Funding Request Form DSS Form 30198 to Chafee/ETV Program for review and processing. Please note there are several internal documents that must accompany the request that only your DSS case manager can provide.
Funding requests for John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood Funds are submitted to the Chafee/ETV Program on DSS Form 30198. Please review the Chafee Booklet Appendix A and include the required documentation for each item checked on page 2 of the form 30198. Applications are emailed to IndependentLiving@dss.sc.gov.
Applications can be emailed, faxed, or mailed. DSS providers are able to send an encrypted email. All non-DSS requestors must fax or mail the request form in order to protect youth’s confidentiality.
Email Address: IndependentLiving@dss.sc.gov
Fax Number: 803-898-1209
SCDSS- Chafee/ETV Program
1535 Confederate Avenue
Post Office Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
Applications will be reviewed as they are received on an ongoing basis. Case managers are contacted via email or telephone by the Chafee/ETV Program Coordinator when more information is needed. Upon receipt of completed funding request (with all necessary supporting documentation), a decision regarding approval will be made and the county will be notified.
It can take up to two weeks for requests to be reviewed and processed. Once the requests has been approved it can take up to two weeks for funds to be transferred from state office to county office. Once the funds are at the county office, the case manager must submit a check request to release those funds to the vendor, youth, or provider. The case manager will notify you that the funds have arrived and coordinate the best course to deliver those funds.