Mike Wood explains what Youth in Progress is and how it has helped his life as a New York State youth in care.

About Us

We are youth in care in New York State that promote positive youth development and support adult/youth partnerships and adolescents in achieving successful outcomes. Learn more! ("What is YIP?" PDF)

Our mission is to enhance and advance the lives of today's and tomorrow's foster youth by supporting our sense of self and responsibility. To do this, we pledge to educate everyone involved in the various systems Youth In Progress members represent, to the realities of this experience.

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OCFS Youth Newsletter

OCFS Youth Newsletter

This quarterly newsletter is designed for youth in care and is packed with resources and information to help youth succeed! Learn about programs, opportunities, and accomplishments around the state.

View the latest OCFS Youth newsletter (PDF).


FAFSA Time is Here!

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process. You must fill out the FAFSA to apply for federal student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and college work-study. New York State and most colleges use your FAFSA to make their financial aid awards as well. It's a lot easier than you think. Follow the simple steps provided and you'll complete the Application in no time. Use the "Live Help" section that has a web chat feature available, a toll-free help hotline, and an email address if you have questions about completing the FAFSA.

The sooner you fill out your FAFSA, the better. Many types of financial aid are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it's to your advantage to file as early as possible.

FYI: www.youthincare.org also has more college resources for youth in care.

Bill of Rights

The New York State Office of Children & Family Services released the New York State Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in Foster Care. These support OCFS's vision of improving the well-being of children and youth in foster care by promoting normative experiences. The Bill of Rights was the result of a collaborative effort between youth in foster care and OCFS staff. The Bill of Rights are available in English (OCFS-2132) and Spanish (OCFS-2132-S).

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of Modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. For more information, view the Human Trafficking Need to Know Series brochure or the OCFS website.

National Youth in Transition Database

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View the NYTD brochure, Spotlight on NYTD video, or the National Youth in Transition Database website for more information.


Graphic of the Youth In Progress region of NY