Foster Care

Youth who have aged out of the foster care system are at increased risk of experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, and other obstacles that can impede their educational journey.

Youth who are in or have aged out of foster care are:

  1. a minor placed into an alternative living environment due to neglect or abuse by their legal guardian
    - or -
  2. an individual in foster care who has reached their 21st birthday and aged out of the system

Are you experiencing challenges? Contact Hannah Bowermaster via phone/text at 815-224-0575, in person in CTC-203, or via email at 

DCFS post-secondary programs

Brighter Futures: Service Provider IDentification and Exploration Resource (SPIDER)

Promoting Independence and Self-Sufficiency

Youth Service Bureau

2-1-1 Get Connected, Get Help

Tri-County Opportunities Council Scholarship Flyer

DCFS Scholarship Program Application - application period is January through March

Financial Aid Logic Tree - What grants and scholarships you might qualify for (PDF)

Foster Progress - Financial Aid Guide for Foster Youth in Illinois

View more IVCC & Community Resources

Navigate to the other Special Populations pages through In This Section at the top to view resources that might also apply to you, such as low income.