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Texas Health Services
Looking for a convenient way to apply for and manage your SNAP food benefits, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and TANF? Try the Your Texas Benefits website. In addition, the Texas Medicaid Ride website can help you arrange transportation.
Healthcare for Former Texas Foster Youth
The Former Foster Care Children program provides healthcare coverage to you when you turn age 18 and will be available through age 25. For more information, visit the medical benefits page on the DFPS website. The Adolescent 2 Adult (a2A) Program, which is included in STAR Health services for youth in foster care, actually gives you rewards for taking care of your health.
When you were placed in foster care, the court or DFPS chose somebody to consent to, or agree with, medical decisions recommended by your doctor. When you turn 16, or if you were already 16 when you came into care, you have the right to request to make some or all of your own medical decisions. For more information, read:
- Overview of Medical Consent (Microsoft Word) | Adobe Acrobat
- What you Should You Know About Your Rights (PowerPoint) | Adobe Acrobat
2-1-1 Texas is a good place to start for many services you need in Texas. You can enter your zip code and search their database for mental health or medical help, food, housing, and help with paying utility bills. You can also call 2-1-1 to talk with someone. It’s free and anonymous.
FindHelp.org, which used to be called Aunt Bertha, is another database where you can enter your zip code to search for services in your area.
Sex Education and Health
What you know or don’t know about sexuality, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases can help or hurt you. Check out Sex, Etc. and Planned Parenthood for educational resources. Planned Parenthood also provides local reproductive health care services.