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- Helpful information for foster youth seeking unemployment, moving expenses, and utility assistance
- Updates on COVID-19
- Housing and Utilities
- Internet and Phone Connectivity
- Financial, Employment, and Unemployment Support
- Employment Opportunities
- Food Assistance
- Additional Support
- Mental Health Support
- Parenting and Pregnancy Assistance
- Animal Care Assistance
- Youth Voice
Full-length reports and data for download
Foster Success is making the following reports and downloads available for free. These reports cover a wide range of foster youth-related topics at the state and national levels.
If you would like to request the addition of a report, contact us.
2020 SBOE Foster Youth Education Outcomes Report
Over the past year, DCS and IDOE have improved their data matching and tracking systems allowing for a more accurate reporting of the number of foster youth in school and their outcomes. This year’s report included data for almost 17,000 PK-12 students in school across the state.
We were hoping with a more complete data this year, we would see a more positive picture regarding the education outcomes of the state’s foster youth, unfortunately, the more complete data set only emphasized and further heightened the continued disparities in the educational foundation that we are laying for Indiana’s students in foster care.
Kansas City Star “Throwaway Kids” Investigation
In December 2019, the Kansas City Star published a six-part series on the state of foster care in the United States. Through their investigation, Foster Success sat down for interviews earlier that year.
The pieces range from stories about foster youth, adults who have since aged-out of the system, coverage of systems in various states — including Indiana, and outcomes of foster youth.
The full six parts are published here with the permission of the Kansas City Star.
2018-19 Annual Report on Foster Care Youth Educational Outcomes
This document represents the first annual report on foster care youth educational outcomes as stipulated by House Enrolled Act 1314-2018, which requires the State Board of Education (SBOE) to, in collaboration with the Department of Education (IDOE) and the Department of Child Services (DCS), annually prepare and submit the following:
- A report on foster care youth educational outcomes, and
- A report on homeless youth educational outcomes.
It requires the DOE to develop and submit a copy of the following:
- A remediation plan concerning foster care youth, and
- A remediation plan concerning homeless youth.
The legislation requires certain information regarding students in foster care to be included in a school corporation’s annual performance report. The bill requires the DOE and the DCS to enter into a memorandum of understanding that, at a minimum, requires the department of child services to share with the department, at least one time each month, disaggregated information regarding youth in foster care that is sufficient to allow the department to identify students in foster care. It repeals, for purposes of provisions concerning the transportation of a homeless student to a school of origin, a provision that provides “homeless student” includes a student who is awaiting placement in foster care.
2019 CCAI Policy Report
The Foster Youth Internship Program, featuring Indiana’s own Joshua Christian (begins on page 8), released this report in the summer of 2019.
The report details personal reflections from foster youth, policy recommendations for Congress and the federal government, issues with current law, and more.
Fostering Youth Transitions: Using data to drive policy and practice decisions
This report commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and supported by Child Trends details how foster youth are doing across the United States. Profiles in this report support key demographic details by state, highlights disparities across racial and ethnic lines, and identifies ways leaders can improve outcomes.
2018 Indiana Profile: Transition-Age Youth In Foster Care
This series of infographics details the state of foster youth and foster care service in Indiana. This report includes:
- The number of children in foster care and its relation to the general population
- Trauma and other maltreatment related to foster care
- The amount of time youth spend in foster care
- Reasons youth leave foster care
- Emancipation rates
- Services available to foster youth
- Young adult outcomes by 21
Supporting the Potential of Indiana Foster Students
Foster Success collaborated on this report detailing ways to support foster students. This report includes:
- Demographic details about Indiana’s foster children
- Education data, test scores, graduation rates, and more
- How Indiana compares to nearby states in the rate of foster children
- Recommendations for improvement
- Programs operating in and around Indiana for foster youth
This report was first published in September 2019.