Planning Through the Pandemic
Young adults currently or formerly in care are eligible for new and expanded assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance is designed to remove barriers young adults may face due to the pandemic. The below provides information and guidance on this assistance.
Youth FAQ: COVID -19 RELIEF
Responses compiled by Rimy Morris and Justin Hayden
Why is there additional assistance available?
Who is eligible for this assistance?
Eligibility varies depending on which type of assistance you are seeking. Below is a general list of eligibility requirements:
- Extension of Voluntary Services (VS): Youth age 18-26 who are not currently involved with DCS or OYS Provider.
- Extension of Collaborative Care (CC): Youth who are currently in CC do not have to age out at this time; youth who have not yet reached age 22 may reenter CC.
- Education and Training Voucher (ETV): Youth who are between the ages of 17-26 and are enrolled in post-secondary education or training program.
- Financial Assistance (Stimulus Check): Youth in Voluntary Services.
- Transportation Fund: Youth over 18 and in CC or Voluntary Services.
- Basic Needs: CC and VS youth can reach out to their Older Youth Services (OYS) provider for help with things like:
- Living Expenses: including rent, groceries, grocery or meal delivery, utilities, pay back payments and fees.
- Technological Tools: cell phones, tablets, laptops, internet service, cell phone plans.
- Medical Expenses: Not already covered by Medicaid. Provide respite care services and additional support for parenting or pregnant youth.
How much assistance is available?
How do I get assistance?
Outside of ETV, any funds you request will go through your OYS Provider.
Reach out to your OYS provider (IL Worker) or Independent Living (IL) Specialist and they should be able to help walk you through the steps. Below are some general guidelines, but these are not all inclusive.
Transportation & Basic Needs – OYS Provider and request process will be determined by your provider.
ETV Program – you will get an additional $500 and any requests beyond that can be requested through an application on the ETV Website. Money must be used to remove barriers for you to return/stay in school.
Stimulus – $500 stimulus payment and then $100 a month to all youth participating in Voluntary Services until September 2021.
What can the assistance be used for?
ETV assistance can be used to help you remain enrolled in school.
Extension of Services can be used to assign you an IL worker to help you find resources, access available financial assistance, and help you identify and achieve your goals.
How long will this assistance be available?
What’s the catch?
Re-Entry & Continuation of Services
Who can re-enter Voluntary Services?
Who can re-enter Collaborative Care Services?
How do I re-enter?
I am currently in Collaborative Care but am not in school and am struggling to find employment. Can I continue to receive services?
What needs can be met with this funding?
How long does it take to get what I requested?
Does DCS provide transportation assistance when there is not a pandemic?
What additional transportation assistance may I request from this fund?
How do I request transportation assistance?
Who is eligible to receive ETV?
Through September 30, 2021, youth who are between the ages of 17-26 and are enrolled in post-secondary education or training programs. Youth must have aged out of foster care or left foster care after age 16 due to guardianship or adoption.
Starting October 1, 2021, youth who are between the ages of 17-26 and have maintained satisfactory academic progress. Youth must have aged out of foster care or left foster care after age 16 due to guardianship or adoption.
Until September 30, 2021, the satisfactory academic progress requirement has been waived. However, you must still complete an Academic Success Plan with your ETV Regional Coordinator.
Go to www.indianaetv.org to complete an application.
What additional assistance is available through ETV?
What do I have to do to get ETV funds this or next semester?
What do I have to do to get additional ETV funds?
Additional funding must be requested through an application on the ETV website (www.indianaetv.org). Funds must be used to remove barriers for you to return to or to stay enrolled in school or training programs.
How long are SAP Guidelines waived?
Do I automatically get the assistance added to my ADP/Wisely card?
Eligible students will receive an additional $500 automatically added to their ADP/Wisely card. Additional assistance must be requested through the ETV COVID Relief Application that can be found on the ETV website (www.indianaetv.org)
Who do I contact for more information?
DCS OYI Team:
- Anisa L. Evans- Older Youth Initiatives Manager, [email protected]
- Christine Singleton- Independent Living Specialist, [email protected]
- William Thomas- Independent Living Specialist, [email protected]
- Harry Day- Independent Living Specialist [email protected]
- Cara Dyer- Director of Education Programs, [email protected]
- Leona Gray- Educational Regional Coordinator-NWI/Out of State, [email protected]
- Lesley Sessler-Jones- Educational Regional Coordinator- Northeast [email protected]
- Erin Enoch-Educational Regional Coordinator- Central/Southern [email protected]
- John Moore- ETV Program Assistant, [email protected]
- Children’s Bureau
- Damar Services
- George Junior Republic
- The Villages
CLICK HERE to determine which agency provides OYS services in your area.
There are many factors that will determine the amount and type of assistance you may receive. This will vary and will be based on individual circumstances and needs. If there is something that you want to know please do not hesitate to call your OYS provider or IL Specialist.
College Campus Vaccine Information
Institutions across Indiana are preparing for students to return to campus. Vaccination requirements are different from one campus to another and continually change. Links below will connect you directly to each campus’s vaccination / COVID-19 information and help you prepare for your return.
Foster Success does not maintain the information provided and any questions should be directed to the specific university/college.