What is the Young Adult Program?
The state of Arizona provides services to assist youth in foster care to develop the skills and competencies necessary for a successful transition to adulthood. "Foster care" means any type of out-of-home placement, including relative/kinship care, licensed foster care, licensed group home/Residential Treatment Center, Subsidy Program, etc.
Services are available to youth in foster care who are 14 or older and to former foster youth living in Arizona, who are under 21 years of age, and were in a state or tribal foster care system at age 16 or older. Services are also available to anyone who was adopted from a state foster care system at age 16 or older. The program providing these services is referred to as the Arizona Young Adult Program (YAP).
The state also has a process that ensures your concerns/complaints are heard, including a formal grievance process. For more information on this and other questions about foster care and services, follow the link to our online DCS Policy Manual. (Chapter 5 Sections 35-38 contains information on Young Adult Program services and Chapter 7 Section 19 provides information on Resolving Conflict, including formal grievance procedures.)