Voluntary Extension of Care

The Voluntary Extension of Care Program was established pursuant to RIGL § 14-1-11.1(c) and provides housing, healthcare, financial support, and career counseling services to former foster youth between the ages of 18 and 21. The program is administered by the Voluntary Extension of Care (VEC) Team at the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).

In April of 2022, the GWB began meeting with parties including DCYF, the Rhode Island Family Court, and other workforce system partners to discuss the employment and training needs of VEC participants and provide tactical support pursuant to RIGL § 42-102-10.1.

During FY22, there were a total of 179 aged-out foster youth in the program. A report on the status of those participants (as of 6/30/22) can be accessed below.