Pandemic Aid for Washington State Foster Care Alumni is Here

After learning of the devastating effect that COVID-19 was having on youth and young adults who experienced foster care, Congress voted to provide over $400 million in emergency pandemic relief programs to current and former foster youth. Each state has different programs and eligibility requirements. 


Treehouse is partnering with the Department of Children, Youth, & Families (DCYF) to distribute $1.65 million in pandemic relief funds to foster care alumni between now and September 30, 2021. The purpose of this funding is to help young adult alumni of foster care recover and stabilize from the financial hardships caused by the pandemic.  

Are you between the ages of 23 and 26? Were you a dependent of Washington's state or tribal foster care program after your 15th birthday?

If yes, you may be eligible for relief funding to cover expenses related to education, housing, transportation, food and much more. 

To be eligible for funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are currently between the ages of 23 and 26
  • You were placed in out-of-home foster care for at least 30 days between the ages of 15 and 17
  • AND
  • You were either:
  • A) a dependent of Washington State Department of Children, Youth and  Families (DCYF), formerly known as DSHS,  or a federally recognized tribe


    B) would have been eligible for these funds under the same criteria, but were in foster care in a different state

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about the Washington Foster Care Pandemic Aid program?  

Read our FAQ page for more details on eligibility, how to apply and more.  

Do you know someone who might be eligible for this funding?

Help us share this time-limited resource!

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