Public Service Announcement…Free Money!

free money
free money

Greetings! I have an announcement and yes, it comes with a catch. Free money is available ($5000.00 per fiscal year) to youth between the ages of 16-23 years old who are wards of the state (foster children and those transitioning out of foster care) for educational purposes, which can include room and board (while living on campus).

The fund is called the Education and Training Voucher (ETV), and it is provided to states to fund youth in the foster care system and those adopted who are enrolled in college, university and vocational training programs. Students may receive up to $5000.00 a year up to five years or until their 23rd birthday, based on the cost of attendance to their respective programs. ETV funds can be combined with other grants or scholarships to minimize or eliminate the need for student loans. 

Listed below are the states that participate and the number to reach the representative or contact your Case Worker:


Dee Pearson,
Independent Living Coordinator
Office of Children’s
Phone: (907) 465-8659
Fax: (907) 465-3397130 Seward Street, Room 511
P.O. Box 110630
Juneau, AK 99811


Jonathan Dunkley,
State Independent Living Coordinator
Transitional Youth
Phone: (501) 682-8439
Fax: (501) 682-8991700 Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72202


,Foster Care Support Services BureauPhone: (916) 651-7465
Fax: (916) 657-4357744 P. Street, MS 8-13-78
Sacramento, CA 95814Link to access CA ETV application:


Lisa Driscoll,
Independent Living Coordinator,
Phone: (860) 550-6331
Fax: (860) 723-7236505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106


Felicia Kellum,
Independent Living Program Manager
Division of Family
Phone: 302.633.2638
Fax: 302.633.26521825 Faulkland Road
Wilmington, DE 19805


Hans Soder,
State Independent Living Coordinator
Florida Department of Children and
Phone: (850) 717-4632
Fax: (850) 487-06881317 Winewood Blvd.
Building 1 Rm 306D
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700


Ebony Lyons Harris,
Independent Living Program
Georgia Division of Family and Children
Phone: (404) 657-0014
Fax: (404) 657-34862 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30303


Lee Dean,
Social Services Division
Hawaii Department of Human
Phone: (808) 586-5704
Fax: (808) 586-4806810 Richards Street
Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96813


Holli Miller,
Transition Planning Program Manager
Iowa College Student Aid Commission/Department of Human
Phone: (515) 281-6786
Fax: (515) 281-4597Dept. of Human Services – Child & Family Services
Hoover State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-0114


Falen LeBlanc,
Independent Living Program Specialist
Division of Family and Community
Phone: (208) 334-4932
Fax: (208) 332-7330450 West State St.
5th Floor
Boise, ID 83720-0036


Pat Palmer,
Statewide ETV Program Coordinator
DCFS, Service
Phone: (309) 671-7969
Fax: (309) 671-79462001 NE Jefferson Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603


Stephanie A. Powe, MS,
Indiana State Coordinator – ETV Program
Indiana Connected By 25,
Office Phone: (317) 917-8940, ext. 108
Cell: (317) 503-5894
Toll Free: (855) 577-1388
Fax: (317) 917-8943
Toll Free Fax: (855) 577-23882625 North Meridian St., Ste. 048
Indianapolis, IN


Jaymee Metzenthin,
Independent Living Coordinator
Kansas Children and Family Services
Phone: (785) 368-8192
Fax: (785) 368-8159Docking State Office Building, 5th Floor SW 915
915 SW Harrison
Topeka, KS 66606-1570


Paula Saenz,
Independent Living Program Coordinator
Kentucky Department for Community Based
Phone: 5025642147Ext3599
Fax: (502) 564-5995275 East Main Street
Mail Stop 3E-D
Frankfort, KY 40621


Celeste Skinner,
Louisiana Office of Community Services
Division of Social
Phone: (225) 342-4447
Fax: (225) 342-9087627 N 4th St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


Dulcey Laberge,
Youth Transition Specialist
Office of Child and Family
Phone: (207) 624-7928
Fax: (207) 287-61562 Anthony Ave
SHS 11
Augusta, ME 04333


Maureen Fallon Messeder,
Associate Director of Adolescent Services
Massachusetts Department of Social
Phone: (617) 748-2231
Fax: (617) 748-215624 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210


Tanya Maki,
ETV Coordinator
Lutheran Social Services of
Phone: (877) 660-6388
Fax: (517) 789-6809209 E. Washington Ave.
Suite 284
Jackson, MI 49201


Jill Von Holtum,
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Family and Children’s
Phone: (651) 431-4663
Fax: (651) 431-7522444 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155-3832


Mario Johnson,
Independent Living Coordinator
Mississippi Department of Human
Phone: (601) 359-4983
Fax: (601) 359-2570750 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39205


John Schroeck, M.Ed.,
MT Chafee Program
Phone: (406) 841-2469
Fax: (406) 841-2487301 South Park Avenue, PO Box 8005
Helena, MT 59604-8005

North Dakota

Kelsey M. Bless,
Independent Living Administrator
North Dakota Department of Human Services, Children and Family Services
Phone: (701) 328-4934
Fax: (701) 328-3538600 East Boluevard Avenue
3rd Floor, Judicial Wing
Bismarck, ND 58505


Shirley Pickens White,
IL Coordinator
Health and Human
Phone: (402) 471-9196
Fax: (402) 471-9034301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509

New Hampshire

Robert Rodler,
Adolescent Program and Independent Living
NH Division for Children, Youth and
Phone: (603) 271-4706
Fax: (603) 271-4729Brown Building, Fourth Floor
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3857

New Jersey

Marjorie Blicharz,
Education Specialist
Department of Children and
Phone: (609) 888-768050 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0717

New Mexico

Maya McKnight,
Youth Services Deputy Bureau Chief
New Mexico Children, Youth and Families
Phone: (505) 476-5494
Fax: (505) 827-74401920 5th Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505


Karla Navarro,
Social Service Program Specialist II
Independent Living Specialist Division of Child and Family
Phone: (775) 684-79554126 Technology Way
3rd Floor
Carson City, NV 89706


Cathy Connelly,
IL Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of Human
Phone: (405) 521-6671
Fax: (405) 521-4373PO Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125


Rosemary Iavenditti,
Independent Living Program Coordinator
Oregon Department of Human
Phone: (503) 945-5688
Fax: (503) 945-6969500 Summer Street NE-E76
Salem, OR 97301-1069


Carrie Keiser,
Office of Children, Youth and Families
Pennsylvania Department of Public
Phone: (717) 705-4401
Fax: (717) 214-3784625 Forster Street
Health and Welfare Building, Rooms 103/105
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701

Rhode Island

Mike Burk,
IL Coordinator
Rhode Island Department of Children and Family
Phone: (401) 528-3576
Fax: (401) 528-3790101 Friendship Street
Providence, RI 02903

South Carolina

Kathleen McLean-Titus, MSW,
State Coordinator
Chafee Independent Living
Phone: (803) 898-7637
Fax: (803) 898-7641Post Office Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520

South Dakota

Sherrie Fines,
ILS Program
DSS – Child Protection
Phone: (605) 773-3227
Fax: (605) 773-6834700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291


Kim Crane Mallory,
LAPSW, Director, Office of Independent Living
Department of Children’s
Phone: (615) 532-9644
Fax: (615) 564-0980436 6th Avenue
North Nashville, TN 37243


Shannon Ramsey,
Transitional Living Services-Team Lead
Texas Department of Protective
Phone: (512) 438-2350
Fax: (512) 339-5807P.O. Box 149030
Mail Code W-157
Austin, TX 78714-9030


Jennifer Larson,
Adolescent Service Program Administrator
Division of Children and Family
Phone: (801) 707-9734
Fax: (801) 538-3993195 N 1950 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84116


Dana Lawrence,
Director of Program Management
Vermont Department of Social
Phone: (802) 726-7576
Fax: (802) 692-1284103 South Main
Osgood Building
Waterbury, VT 05676


Letha Moore-Jones MSW,
Youth Services Supervisor & State Independent Living Coordinator
VA Department of Social
Phone: (804) 726-7576
Fax: (804) 726-7895801 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Washington State

Peggy Lewis (IL Coordinator) or Khris Blumer (ETV),
Chafee Education and Training Voucher;
Phone: 360-902-8063 (Peggy); 360-902-7942 (Khris)PO Box 45710
Olympia, WA 98504-5710

West Virginia

Christina Bertelli-Coleman,
Program Manager
WV Chafee Foster Care Independence
Phone: (304) 356-4559
Fax: (304) 558-4563350 Capitol Street
Room 691
Charleston, WV 25301-3704


Christine Lenske,
Independent Living Coordinator
Wisconsin Department of Children and
Phone: (608) 267-7287
Fax: (608) 264-6750PO Box 8916 Onwes & Wilson
Room 527
Madison, WI 53708-8916


Diana Schafer,
Phone: (307) 777-6348
Fax: (307) 777-36932300 Capitol Ave
Cheyenne, WY 82001

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Remember ETV will only be able to issue your remaining ETV funds based on the balance you have each semester after tuition, housing and utilities have been covered.

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