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Quick Reference Guide


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ACS OR ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN SERVICES
The New York City agency responsible for overseeing and providing services to children and youth in foster care. ACS explains that its mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of New York City children.

ACS HOUSING SUBSIDY
A monthly cash grant of up to $300 that is paid directly to a landlord in order to cover all or part of the rent on an apartment for a young person over the age of 18, who is leaving the foster care system. The maximum subsidy is $10,800 over three years, but the subsidy will always end at the age of 21.

ADJOURNMENT
The term used by the court when a case needs to be continued or re-scheduled for another day.

ARC OR ADULT RESIDENTIAL CARE
A long-term living arrangement for young people who age out of the foster care system, but. due to a physical or mental health disability, need to live in a residence that provides supervision, services, and support.

AFDC/ADC OR AID TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN
This government program no longer exists; but AFDC and ADC are terms that are sometimes still used to refer to the new program, TANF. TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and is often pronounced TAN-if . TANF provides cash assistance to low-income families with children. TANF is often referred to as welfare.

AFTERCARE
The community based services that are arranged by a foster care agency and provided to a young person, to their family, or to their guardian, after a young person is discharged from foster care. Aftercare services are designed to help young people remain safely at home and provide all services that are needed to make a successful transition out of foster care.

AGING OUT
A term used to refer to young people who have reached or are about to reach the age of 21, when they will, except in rare instances, be discharged from foster care.

APPLA OR ANOTHER PLANNED PERMANENT LIVING ARRANGEMENT
The foster care permanency goal for a young person who is aging out of foster care and plans to live on their own in the community or who will be placed in adult residential care. APPLA is also sometimes referred to as a goal of independent living.

AWOL OR ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE FROM FOSTER CARE
The status given to a young person who leaves their foster care placement without permission from their agency.