Economic Security

Chafee Cash Card: Questions Answered

Last Updated Jul 13, 2021

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If you have general Chafee Cash Card inquiries, please e-mail the general inbox at 

If you have general Chafee Education and Training Voucher (Chafee Grant) inquiries, please email the general mailbox at

There is Still Time to Get Your Chafee Cash Card!

The California Department of Social Services is providing one-time funding via cash cards to address critical financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chafee funding is being provided to current and former foster youth ages 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 through the Federal Pandemic Act, Supporting Foster Youth and Families Program (PL 116-260). 

Eligible youth were in foster care on their 18th birthday, are ages 18-22 but not yet 23, and are or were eligible for extended foster care.

How to sign up –

Eligible youth ages 18-20 will receive $900 and should contact their social worker, probation officer, or Independent Living Coordinator and ask for their Chafee Cash Card.

Eligible youth ages 21 and 22 will receive $2,500 and must email to request their Chafee cash card and verify their identity. A TAY analyst will contact the youth by telephone to collect further information to determine their eligibility.