Older Wisconsin foster youth eligible for financial assistance
To support older foster youth who have aged out of care, the federal government passed the Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic Act in December 2020. Under this act, foster youth who live in Wisconsin and who have aged out of care can access pandemic relief funds to get financial support with rent, utility bills, transportation, groceries, and other basic needs.
To be categorically eligible for direct financial assistance, young adults must:
Age out of care (a group home, foster home, treatment foster home, residential care center or court-ordered kinship care) between January 27, 2020, and September 30, 2021
Be a Wisconsin resident.
Other assistance may be available for eligible Independent Living youth up to age 23.
Current and former foster youth are encouraged to contact their local Transition Resource Agency or fill out a form on the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families website to determine their eligibility and receive more information.
Advocates can help spread the word by downloading and sharing social media content and fliers from DCF’s Foster Youth Relief Funds Public Awareness Tool Kit.
River Falls School Board meets
The River Falls School Board will meet on Monday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting is available for viewing live on YouTube or in person at River Falls High School auditorium.
Virtual library event with award winning baseball author
Joe Niese, an award winning baseball author, will join the River Falls Public Library on a live virtual event on Thursday, Aug. 5. From 6:30-7:30 p.m. tune into Facebook live or Youtube to hear from Niese, who is also the Chippewa Falls Public Library director. His latest book is ‘Zack Wheat: The Life of the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of famer.’