TLP/CFCIP at a Glance

Legislative History
 
1986
Independent Living Program enacted as part of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. Administrative oversight given to the Children’s Bureau within ACYF.
 
1988
Transitional Living Program enacted as an amendment to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. Administrative oversight given to the Family and Youth Services Bureau within ACYF.
 
1999
The Foster Care Improvement Act replaced the Title IV-E Independent Living Program with the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP).
 
2001
Educational and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program enacted as part of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments, providing vouchers of up to $5,000 per year for postsecondary educational assistance for foster and former foster care youth.
 
2003
The Transitional Living Program reauthorized by the Runaway, Homeless, and Missing Children Protection Act.
 
2008
The Transitional Living Program up for reauthorization in September 2008.
 
Eligibility
 
TLP—Runaway and homeless youth, ages 16 through 21, who are not in the foster care or juvenile justice systems. Homeless pregnant and parenting young people are also eligible for services through maternity group homes. Former foster youth can access these services, provided they are no longer under the care of the State.
 
CFCIP—Foster or former foster youth up to age 21.
 
FY 2007 Funding
 
TLP—190 grantees across the U.S. and Guam received $35.2 million through a competitive process. Grants can be up to $200,000 a year for 5 years. Find TLP grantees online at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb.
 
CFCIP—$140 million in formula grants to the 50 States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Funding is allocated based on the number of foster youth in the State according to AFCARS (Adoption, Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) data. States have flexibility in deciding how grant money is spent.
 
ETV—$46 million in formula grants to the 50 States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Funding is allocated based on AFCARS data. States have flexibility in deciding how grant money is spent.

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