Georgia Resilient, Youth-Centered, Stable, and Empowered (GA RYSE) Program is Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services Independent Living Program for youth who eligible and age and developmentally appropriate youth preparing and transitioning into a stable adulthood. Through this program opportunities and services are provided through appropriate referral resources provided by public-private partnerships and community partners to ensure youth are stable-connected-educated-healthy-employed-housed-and safe. 

The Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP), including the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program, provides supports and services to youth who are likely to age out of foster care and to those young adults ages 18 – 21 who have left foster care.


  • Help youth likely to remain in foster care until age 18 transition to self-sufficiency by providing services;
  • Help youth likely to remain in foster care until age 18 receive the education, training, and services necessary to obtain employment;
  • Help youth likely to remain in foster care until age 18 prepare for and enter post- secondary training and educational institutions;
  • Provide personal and emotional support to youth aging out of foster care through mentors and the promotion of interactions with dedicated adults;
  • Provide financial, housing, counseling, employment, education, and other appropriate support and services to former foster care recipients between 18 and 21 years of age to complement their own efforts to achieve self-sufficiency and to assure that program participants recognize and accept their personal responsibility for preparing for and then making the transition into adulthood;
  • Make available vouchers for education and training, including postsecondary education, to youth who have aged out of foster care;
  • Provide services to youth who, after attaining 16 years of age, have left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption; and
  • Ensure children who are likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age have regular, on-going opportunities to engage in age or developmentally-appropriate activities as defined in section 475(11) of the Act.