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Quick Reference Guide


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FAFSA OR FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
The financial aid form used by high school and college students to apply for monetary educational assistance.

FAMILY ASSISTANCE OR FA
The government program that provides cash assistance to low-income families. FA is the same as TANF or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

FCA OR FAMILY COURT ACT
The law that governs many of the proceedings that are heard in family court.

“FREED” CHILD
The term sometimes used to refer to a child after his or her parents rights have been ended by the court or after his or her parents have voluntarily given up their rights to his or her child. A freed child can be adopted.

FINAL DISCHARGE
The term used when a young person is no longer in ACS custody or in foster care. With some rare exceptions, all youth in foster care are automatically final discharged upon turning 21. A young person in foster care may seek final discharge once he or she turns 18.

FOOD STAMPS
A federal program to help low-income people purchase nutritious food. Food stamps are no longer stamps but are distributed in the form of a debit card.

FOSTER CARE AGENCY
Any agency that has a contract with ACS (the Administration for Children s Services) to provide foster care services to children and young adults in New York City. The term foster care agency is used interchangeably with contract agency, provider agency, or sometimes simply the agency.