Aftercare and Preparation for Adult Living

Aftercare and Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Services bridge the gap between leaving foster care and entering into independence by assisting youth with necessary skills to become self-sufficient, such as education, housing, employment, health, and relationships. Participants will meet with a Young House advocate to develop skills and achieve individualized goals.

Enrollment Criteria

For more information or to refer to Young House Family Services’ AfterCare Services Program, please call (319) 752-4000 to speak to the AfterCare Services Advocate. Additional information may also be found at

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 23 and have left foster care, State Training School, or court-ordered placement at age 18 or older, or between the ages of 17½ and 18 and been in placement for at least six months at the time of exiting placement.
  • Youth adopted or placed in subsidized guardianship on or after the age of 16.
  • Youth who have not graduated high school, but are majority age qualify for AfterCare Basic Services, and receive an annual voucher to assist with basic expenses.
  • Youth who have graduated high school and are majority age qualify for Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) and receive a monthly stipend. Youth may also qualify for medical coverage and housing assistance while in AfterCare Services.

“My advocate has been there for me. She checks up on me and we have regular meetings.”

“They accept me for who I am, despite my flaws”

How to get started

To learn more about this program, please complete and submit the form below.