Office of Children and Family Services

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Services

Youth Enrichment Services

The Youth Enrichment Services website is a place where you will find some of the most current state and federal resources for services to foster care youth and former foster care youth. You will find information on:

  • Regionally Focused Youth Services Provider Training – Staff will develop the knowledge base and expertise in a variety of content areas including but not limited to permanency planning, youth engagement, utilization of Chaffee funds for education/vocational training, development of life skills for adolescents/young adults and development of intervention strategies.
  • Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) - The ETV program helps youth who are aging out of foster care in making the transition to self-sufficiency and receiving the education, training and services necessary to obtain employment. An ETV can be used to pay for many different college expenses.
  • The FosterClub All-Star internship program was founded on the belief that youth who have successfully transitioned from foster care to responsible young adulthood are best suited to affect the transition of their younger peers. Since 2004, FosterClub All-Stars have been reaching out to other foster youth through conferences, training and other events. Interns receive leadership training; they help improve outcomes for foster youth transitioning out of care; they educate peers and industry professionals; and they change public perceptions about foster youth across the nation.
  • Youth in Progress (YIP) - YIP is the OCFS foster care youth leadership team that consists of youth in care across NYS. There is a link on this page to the YIP website, which contains many resources for youth in care and their caseworkers.
  • Online resource materials include OCFS Local Commissioners Memoranda, Administrative Directives, Informational Letters, and OCFS foster care-related materials including handbooks, manuals, the Need to Know series and other resource materials.

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