Older youth and young adults in foster care are most vulnerable during this public health pandemic because of placement instability, disruptions to their education and employment, social isolation, and lack of access to health.

SCDSS is taking extra measures to serve our older youth population, understanding the particular anxiety and uncertainty they may be feeling now. We have temporarily waived education enrollment and employment requirements so youth can remain in a licensed DSS placement until age 21. And those who have already turned 21 can temporarily remain in care through the pandemic. Our case managers are closely assessing their individual needs, including safe placement and housing, community connections, employability, academic goals, and financials.

Our goal is to equip older youth and young adults with the skills and support to remain safe, stable and strong not only through this pandemic, but for life!