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Additional questions can be answered by the followning Wraparound Administrating Agencies in your county:

Essex/Union/Middlesex
Independence: A Family of Services (973) 372-5601

Bergen/Huson/Morris/Passaic/Sussex/Warren
Catholic Charities “Crossroads”  (908) 454-2074

Hunterdon/Mercer/Monmouth/Ocean
Catholic Charities “RAPS”  (908) 782-7905

Burlington/Camden
Family Services of Burlington County (609) 518-5470

Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland/Salem/Gloucester
Robin's Nest, Inc. “On My Own” (856) 881-8689

 

  1. Who is eligible for Wraparound (Chafee) funding?
  2. Can I just get a check for $4,000.00 and spend it how I need to?
  3. Can I use Wraparound Funds to pay for my education (tuition, books, computers)?
  4. What requests are considered in need of “special approval”?
  5. What are restricted requests?
  6. When do I need to submit pay stubs with my Wraparound request, and how many do I need?
  7. When will I know I am approved or denied for a request?
  8. What happens if I do not know who to make the check payable to?
  9. Why do I have to return all receipts?
  10. Do all of my receipts have to total the same amount I received in a Wraparound funding check?
  11. What happens if I lose a receipt?
  12. Do I have to have my worker go with me to purchase certain items I need?
  13. If the check is sent directly to my landlord or utility company, how should I get the receipt?
  14. Can I use my most recent car insurance statement as a receipt even if the wraparound money was for my car insurance two payments ago?
  15. Who do checks have to be made out to?
  16. Can wraparound funds help me pay for my prom?
  17. Can I use my wraparound money for something else other that what it was intended for in an emergency? (i.e., client has no food)
  18. Will wraparound funding pay for a car?
  19. What are considered appropriate requests for wraparound funding?
  20. Why are there limits on services?
  21. Who must fill out the wraparound request form?
  22. Can wraparound pay for medical bills?

Who is eligible for Wraparound (Chafee) funding?

Clients who have a current open DCP&P case and are living in an out-of-home placement, either were formerly in DCP&P and living in an out-of-home placement on their 18th birthday, or are currently living in a transitional living program funded under the state or federal homeless youth programs are eligible for funding.

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Can I just get a check for $4,000.00 and spend it how I need to?

No. Wraparound funding is NOT an entitlement. No check will ever be made payable to a client because supervision of funds spent is the responsibility of your independent living coordinator.

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Can I use Wraparound Funds to pay for my education (tuition, books, computers)?

Yes, but each youth must first apply for the NJFC Scholars Program. This scholarship will help youth pay for college. Each youth must re-apply for NJFC Scholars every year. The application can be found on this website by going to the Higher Education section or by visiting the Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS) Web site at http://fafsonline.org/Scholarship.html Wraparound Funds will only pay for education and educational items if the NJFC Scholars application is denied.

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What requests are considered in need of “special approval”?

If a young person has already exhausted all of their Wraparound funds, has requested funds for an item not listed on the wraparound request, or has used all of the restricted requests are considered special requests. These need special approval from the Office of Adolescent Services, Independent Living Coordinator.

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What are restricted requests?

Restricted requests are listed on the wraparound online request form under the heading “Eligible Wraparound Services.” These include security deposits, rent, driving lessons, clothing, furniture/household items and utilities. Each one of these services has either a time limit or a maximum funding amount.

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When do I need to submit pay stubs with my Wraparound request, and how many do I need?

Pay stubs are needed when funding is requested for rent, utilities and car insurance (any ongoing expense.) This is to ensure that the client is not relying solely on the Wraparound funding to maintain the service in the future. Youth should submit 3 to 4 pay stubs along with their wraparound request.

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When will I know I am approved or denied for a request?

All regular requests will be approved or denied within 3-5 business days. However, responses to special requests may take anywhere between 10-14 business days. All approved Wraparound funds will be sent through the mail or given to the case manager for handling. If a request is denied, a letter or email will be sent to the case manager or requesting agency for notification. A courtesy call will also be placed in case there is additional information needed.

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What happens if I do not know who to make the check payable to?

No checks can be authorized or cut without a name and address clearly visible at the bottom of the request.

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Why do I have to return all receipts?

Receipts are needed to track all monies spent in the Wraparound funds. All receipts must be returned within 30 days to the Wraparound Administrator. If a client does not return receipts, he/she will be unable to access any other Wraparound funds.

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Do all of my receipts have to total the same amount I received in a Wraparound funding check?

These funds are designed to help young people in emergency situations.  The receipts must be equal to the amount authorized with a $5.00 differential. Anything over $5.00 must be returned to the Wraparound Administrator. Your case manager must also write a letter to the Office of Adolescent Services, Independent Living Coordinator explaining that all monies were not utilized. This letter, along with the extra money, must be returned to the Wraparound Administrator to have the money re-deposited into the account.

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What happens if I lose a receipt?

If a receipt is lost, contact the business or company to see if they can reprint the proof of payment. A petty cash receipt may be used as a receipt with a stamp or signature of the manager/owner. If you cannot in any way receive a receipt from a business, contact the Wraparound Administrator and provide the name and number of the company.

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Do I have to have my worker go with me to purchase certain items I need?

Yes. Your worker must be present when purchasing items to help teach you money management skills and to ensure that the funds are spent for their intended use.

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If the check is sent directly to my landlord or utility company, how should I get the receipt?

If the check is sent from the wraparound administrating agency for your county, a receipt letter will be sent along with a paid-stamped envelope to return the receipt document to the office. However, it is the responsibility of the client or agency to check and see if the Wraparound Administrator received the receipt in order to request any more funding. If there is a problem with receipts not being returned in a timely fashion, a phone call or email will be sent to the worker/agency for information on the matter.

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Can I use my most recent car insurance statement as a receipt even if the wraparound money was for my car insurance two payments ago?

Yes. If the original check was mailed, it will show on the next statement. If payment is being made in person, always ask for a receipt.

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Who do checks have to be made out to?

Checks are written only to companies, businesses, and department stores. It is your responsibility to ensure that these places accept third-party business checks. The address of the company and who to make the check payable must be included or the request will be denied. Checks will never be made payable to clients unless the client is being reimbursed for something they have already paid and can provide appropriate receipts for funds requested.

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Can wraparound funds help me pay for my prom?

Department of Children and Families has a separate flexible funds pool that is specifically designed for such expenses like prom. The client must first request money through their DCP&P case worker. If the request for prom funding is denied, the denial letter must be sent to the Wraparound Administrator along with the request form in order for wraparound to pay for the prom.

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Can I use my wraparound money for something else other that what it was intended for in an emergency? (i.e., client has no food)

Situations may arise when the need for wraparound funding may change. If this is the case, the requesting agency must notify the Wraparound Administrator of the change in use of the funding. If a client has no food, this is an emergency situation and most likely be authorized.

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Will wraparound funding pay for a car?

No.

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What are considered appropriate requests for wraparound funding?

What are considered appropriate requests for wraparound funding?

Everything that is listed on the wraparound request online form under the title “Eligible Wraparound Services” are deemed suitable. Please note that some of these services are time sensitive or amount sensitive.

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Why are there limits on services?

There are time and amount limits set on certain services because wraparound funds were designed come into use during emergency situations only. The funds will not pay an ongoing expense because we do not want to set our clients up to fail. Clients should be able to maintain their expenses on their own and should not have to rely on wraparound funds forever.

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Who must fill out the wraparound request form?

Your worker is responsible to completely fill out the request form. Be sure to include appropriate documentation when needed, along with who to make the check payable to and their address. A small narrative is needed from both the worker and the client explaining how this funding will fit into his/her overall plan. Incomplete requests are subject to denial.

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Can wraparound pay for medical bills?

 

Clients should always use their Medicaid insurance first. If you do not have Medicaid, there is a new medical insurance program for youth aging out of foster care. This insurance will cover clients until they are 21 years old. Clients can enroll by calling a toll free number 1-888-235-4766. In the event that you do not have Medicaid, special approval will be needed for the request from the Office of Adolescent Services, Independent Living Coordinator.

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