The STAY (Successful Transition to Adulthood for Youth) Program offers services to youth ages 14 up to age 23, who are currently or were previously in foster care for at least 30 consecutive days after age 14 but are still working with a county or tribal social worker. The program helps these youth prepare for a successful transition to adulthood.
The STAY (Successful Transition to Adulthood for Youth) Program is open to youth up to age 23 who are currently or were previously in foster care for at least 30 consecutive days after age 14. This includes youth with developmental disabilities who are capable of living independently at age 18.
For purposes of the STAY program, out-of-home placement means 24-hour substitute care for youth placed away from their parents or guardians for whom the local social service agency has placement and care responsibility. Youth must be placed as a result of a court order or voluntary placement agreement. A youth who has run away from an out-of-home placement is considered in placement until the social service agency no longer has legal responsibility (i.e., discharged by the court). Youth placed by a county or tribal social service agency in chemical dependency treatment facilities, not based in a hospital, are considered to be in out-of-home placement. Youth who are adjudicated delinquent and court ordered to a non-secure facility may be considered in out-of-home placement if:
The local social service agency has custody and responsibility for placement
There is a Title IV-E agreement between the local social service agency and juvenile corrections, or
The local social service agency is in an umbrella county.
All placements must be entered in SSIS to demonstrate eligibility.
Temporary locations providing services to youth that are not considered a placement include respite care, visitation, summer camp, secure detention/correctional facilities, hospital/medical care, hospital-based chemical dependency treatment and psychiatric units, state regional treatment centers, and intermediate care facilities for those with developmental disabilities.
STAY (Successful Transition to Adulthood for Youth) services will help youth meet their independent living plan goals. Services available can vary depending on the county where the youth lives. Youth may be able to get help with:
Independent living skills training
Transportation, such as bicycles, bus cards, car insurance or repairs for a youth who drives a car related to their independent living plan, and driver's education, permit and license fees
Education, including tutors; GED fees, ACT/SAT or other test fees; post-secondary school applications and fees; post-secondary school financial aid applications; and vital documents for these applications.
Employment, such as job shadowing or internships; help with the cost of training programs, work uniforms or clothes for job interviews; subsidized wages or wages for an internship or volunteer experience; assistance with career exploration, resume development, skills to find and keep jobs, mock job interviews; fees to obtain a state issued identification card or Social Security card
Permanent connections, such as creating life books documenting their journey and experiences in and outside of the foster care system, Youth in Transition conferences, mentors and relative searches
Normalcy - supporting participation in age-appropriate activites
Housing, including damage deposits, short-term rent subsidies, utility costs, household goods and furnishings. Only youth who leave foster care at age 18 or older can get this help.
STAY (Successful Transition to Adulthood for Youth) services can vary depending on the county in which the youth lives.