MODIFY: Mentoring with Oversight for Developing with Foster Youth

MODIFY Overview

Download the Overview of MODIFY Services fact sheet

Services & Eligibility:

Youth who are adopted after the age of 16 or placed in legal guardianship qualify for:

     
  • Education and Training Voucher Funds ($5,000/school year) until they complete their first undergraduate program or they reach the age of 23

Youth who age out of foster care qualify for:

     
  • Foster Care Tuition Waiver until they complete their first undergraduate program
  • Education and Training Voucher Funds ($5,000/school year) until they complete their first undergraduate program or they reach the age of 23
  • Independent Living Services under the Voluntary Placement Agreement (FC-18) until they reach the age of 21  
       
    • Independent Living Subsidy  
         
      • $200/month - Dorm
      • $900/month - Apartment
    • Housing Start-Up Funds ($1,100)

All current and former foster youth are invited to participate in West Virginia Foster Advocacy Movement, sponsored by the MODIFY program (enrollment not required).

**Former foster youth may qualify for West Virginia Medicaid up to the age of 26 under new provisions of the Affordable Care Act.**

Maintaining Eligibility:

  • Complete 80 percent of your coursework
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Verification of enrollment, tuition, fees and grades
  • Maintain monthly contact with your worker via emails, texts, calls or visits
  • Submit your Budget/Productivity Form monthly
  • Be engaged in at least 40 hours per week of productive activity related to transition

Making a Referral:

  • Apply within six months of high school graduation or obtaining a high school equivalency
  • Apply up to the age of 20

To make a referral, call 1-866-720-3605 or visit www.modify.cedwvu.org.