The Older Youth Program incorporates the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, a federal legislation, which introduced the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program in each state. The Older Youth Program, (OYP) reflects the specific philosophy and services offered to youth, ages 14 and older, in the custody or previously in the custody of the Missouri Children’s Division.
The Older Youth Program encompasses philosophy through positive youth development and the distinct permanency needs of adolescents. Three services are provided through the Older Youth Program: The John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program services are being provided by a contractor or Community Partnership. Transitional Living Services are housing options and are also being provided through contracted agencies. Independent Living arrangements are also encompassed in the Older Youth Program.