Pandemic relief

This assistance is available to young people until the day before their 27th birthday. Act now! These funds are only available through September 30th.

Contact your Older Youth Services (OYS) Provider or call 1-800-800-5556 to request assistance!

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Available assistance includes:

financial support


Most young people aged 18-26 are eligible for a $700 stimulus check and $100 per month thru September 30.

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Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program

Eligible participants received a one-time additional $500. Any financial support beyond that can be requested through an application on the Indiana ETV website. Pandemic ETV Funds must be used to remove barriers for you to return to/stay in an approved college or training program and it is available until September 30th, 2022.

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Collaborative Care

Youth are eligible to remain in or re-enter foster care through the Collaborative Care program. This includes youth over the age of 21. Voluntary IL Services are available to youth until the day before their 27th birthday (formerly 23).

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Transportation Assistance

Transportation assistance provided for each eligible young person shall not exceed $4,000 per state fiscal year, per young person. Funds may be used to provide driving transportation assistance to young people who are 16 years up to 26 years of age with costs related to obtaining a driver license and driving lawfully in Indiana.

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Pandemic Material Relief Funding

These can be requested through your Older Youth Services (OYS) Provider and then submitted to your 3CM (Collaborative Care Case Manager) and 3CM Supervisor for approval:

  • Living Expenses: Room and Board, groceries, grocery or meal delivery,
    utilities, back payments and fees.
  • Technological Tools: Cell phones, tablets, laptops, internet service, cell phone plans.
  • Medical Expenses: Medical bills not already covered by Medicaid. Provide respite care services and additional support for parenting or pregnant youth.

How do I get assistance?

For ETV Pandemic Relief Funds, go to to complete an ETV application.

For funds other than the ETV Pandemic Relief Funds, your request must be reviewed and approved by your Older Youth Services (OYS) Provider. Reach out to your Independent Living Specialist and they should be able to walk you through the steps.

Questions? You can call the DCS hotline at 1-800-800-5556 or contact your former Collaborative Care Case Manager or Older Youth Services Provider.

COVID-19 Information & FAQs

COVID-19 Information & FAQs

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...

IYAB + DCS: Planning through the pandemic

IYAB + DCS: Planning through the pandemic

This event will provide a space for older foster youth to learn about the response to new COVID-19 guidelines, the updates on the extension of care, and how DCS is currently supporting youth of color in the Child Welfare system.

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