Foster Care 

Foster care is for children who can’t live safely at home, and an appropriate non-custodial parent, relative, or close family friend is currently unable or unwilling to care for them, and the court gives temporary legal possession to CPS.


The ETV program is a helpful resource for eligible youth and young adults who are or were in the conservatorship of DFPS. This program offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 a year for attending college or vocational programs. The amount of funds ETV provides is based on the student's cost of attendance, which the school determines after all other financial aid assistance has been considered. It's important to note that students cannot receive ETV funds for more than five years, even if they are not consecutive. 

Texas Tuition Waiver

You qualify for the tuition and fee waiver if you were in DFPS conservatorship:

Transition Resources

The John H. Chafee Foster Care for Successful Transition to Adulthood (the Chaffee Program) provides funding to assist youth in foster care and young adults formerly in foster care with services and financial assistance to promote their transition to adulthood. Grants are offered to States and Tribes that submit a plan to assist youth in various areas designed to support a successful transition to adulthood. Activities and programs include but are not limited to, help with education, employment, financial management, housing, emotional support, and assured connections to caring adults for older youth in foster care. 

It's important to know that plenty of resources are out there to help foster care students transition successfully into adulthood. By connecting students and caregivers with these benefits, they can take full advantage of the available programs and services. Foster Care Liaisons from your local education agency can play a critical role in helping students link up with Higher Education Foster Care Liaisons, ultimately encouraging a successful transition from high school to college. While this section provides a brief overview of the support and services available, it's always a good idea to contact your DFPS regional office and local service providers for more information.

The CCMR items start on page 137.

Preparation for Adult Living  PAL program provides services and benefits to youth and young adults ages 16 - 21, teaching them how to transition to a successful adulthood. In some cases, PAL supports youth ages 15 - 16 when funding is available, and ETV is available to young adults up to age 23.

Legal Help

 The Texas Foster Youth Justice Project helps current and former foster youth in Texas. We help foster youth understand their legal rights. We provide legal advice, assistance, guidance and representation in enforcing foster youth rights. We also educate the general public about the legal needs and concerns of foster youth.