Links is the North Carolina Foster Care Independence Program for youth and young adults who have experienced extended time in foster care. NC Links, is not an acronym and therefore doesn’t “stand” for anything. Instead, it is a word that captures the purposes and intent of the John Chafee Foster Care Independence Act:
…to build a network of relevant services with youth so that they will have ongoing connections with family, friends, mentors, the community, employment, education, financial assistance, skills training, and other resources to facilitate the transition to adulthood.
NC LINKS program provides services and recourses to all youth in foster care age 16 to 18 and to those young adults who are between the ages 18 to 21 and are participating in a CARS agreement, as well as to young adults who aged out of foster care at age 18 and are not participating in a CARS agreement.
To find out more about this program in Forsyth County, contact the local Foster Care Supervisor at the DSS.
Medicaid Foster Care Expansion
2007 legislature approved funding to provide the state match for Medicaid coverage for young adults who age out of foster care at the age 18, until the month of their 26th birthday. Young adults ages 18-26 who age out of foster care will need to apply for the coverage at the county Department of Social Services where they currently reside.
Sayso, Strong Able Youth Speaking Out, statewide association of youth ages 14-24 who are or have been in the out-of-home care system that is based in North Carolina. This includes all types of substitute care, including foster care, group homes, and mental health placements. Our mission is to work to improve the substitute care system by educating the community, speaking out about needed changes, and providing support youth who are or have been in substitute care. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919)384-1457.