Chafee Foster Care Program

As the state selected provider of the Chafee program, Epworth supports older foster care youth in their transition to independence and self-sufficiency by providing educational, financial, and employment assistance.

Epworth’s Chafee program prepares and equips current or former foster care youth ages 14 through 23 residing in St. Louis City or St. Louis County with the skills needed to successfully transition to independence and achieve self-sufficiency. Young adults enrolled in the Chafee program choose their level of participation within the following services:


  • Group Life Skills Classes held twice per week at Epworth’s Drop In Center
  • Available individual supports to complement group life skills education
  • Financial assistance with extracurricular activities such as senior prom expenses and purchasing work attire for new employment
  • Obtaining legal documents including birth certificates, social security cards, and state IDs
  • College readiness activities like college tours and applications, financial aid education and assistance accessing financial aid resources for college, and financial assistance with dorm start-up kits
  • Employment assistance in resume preparation, interviewing skills, support with employment searches, and education to support maintenance of employment skills
  • Comprehensive Case Management Services:
    • Securing academic tutoring
    • Opening a bank account and an Individual Development Account (IDA) savings plan
    • Enrolling in Driver’s Education
  • Youth Leadership Opportunities:
    • Youth Leadership Camp
    • Local and state youth advisory board opportunities


Who do we serve?

To be eligible for services, a youth must:
  • be between the ages of 14 and 23
  • reside in St. Louis City or St. Louis County
  • be currently or have been in foster care

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Clinical Services

Supportive Services

Foster Care Case Management