PAL provides services to youth aging out of the foster care system to expand their skills and knowledge; strengthen their self-confidence; create healthy community relationships, and ultimately learn self-guidance. PAL provides transition services to foster youth and alumni from ages 15 1/2 to 21 in order to better prepare young adults for emancipation.
BCFS contracts with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program for regions 8 and 11 including all of South Texas, and contracts the PAL transitional living training portion of the program in regions 4 and 5 which includes East Texas.
Benefits to Youth Moving from Foster Care to Adulthood
The Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 increased services and support to youth in foster care preparing for adulthood and making the transition to adult living. The program provides services to help youth get an education, receive vocational services, find employment, access medical services, obtain housing, and establish relationships with supportive and caring adults to improve outcomes for youth’s transition to adult life.
Texas provides the following benefits to youth when they move from foster care to adulthood:
- Transitional Living Allowance
- Tuition and Fee Waiver
In order to receive the following benefits, youth must remain in state’s conservatorship (in-care) until the 18th birthday.
- Aftercare Room and Board Assistance
- Transitional Medicaid
- Texas Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV)
- Reimbursable Expenses