My name is Ayana Gwendolyn Chung I am 25 years old and a former NYC foster youth. This blog was created to share my aging out journey with you. Many youth have inquired about how my current living situation was possible. Before aging completely out of the system I ensured I was equipped with financial support, housing support, and means of pursuing a college education.
Unfortunately, I frequently encounter youth who have aged out and fallen victim to homelessness. They left care prematurely before they could get needed services. Thus followed the creation of this blog in January 2017. ♥️
I believe that youth should be informed of their rights in care and warned of life after care without first having these resources in place. My blog features vital information on the various assistance available to you as a foster youth.
While in foster care I also participated in vocational programs specially designed to get foster youth on the path to employment.
I’ve created this blog in order to help you navigate the foster care system and advocate for yourself.
Shedding light on the “hidden gems” of Foster Care.
In other words what your foster care agency fails to tell you before you age out.
Even when you age out you’re still entitled to benefits.
While in care I utilized exception to policy just in time so that I could be eligible for ACS grants/subsidies, supportive housing and NYCHA.
The age out limit goes beyond age 18! I stayed in care until twenty-one so that I could receive everything I was entitled to. i.e. housing, grants etc.
DO NOT LEAVE! CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR INSIGHT DETAILING MORE ABOUT THIS EXCEPTION TO POLICY
YOU CAN LIVE INDEPENDENTLY IN THE COMMUNITY ALL WHILE STILL RECEIVING HELP FROM YOUR AGENCY AND ACS. CHECK BELOW FOR MORE INFO ! 🙂
NO NEED TO RUSH
TAKE CARE OF YOU