About the Foster Success Emergency Assistance Fund

The Foster Success Emergency Assistance Fund was created to help Indiana teens and young adults transitioning out of foster care who are struggling with financial hardships and unexpected expenses.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be between ages of 14-25
  • Have spent at least one day in the Indiana foster care system on or after their 14th birthday
  • Must have a valid PayPal account or the ability to open an account.

There are two forms of assistance available – Fast Funds and Funds Over $50.

Fast Funds

($50 cash assistance for groceries, transportation, utilities, and other immediate needs, etc.)

PROCESS:
  1. Submit an application.
  2. The application will be reviewed and confirmation of DCS involvement will take place.
  3. Application status will be updated by email within two business days.
  4. If approved, funds will be sent via PayPal to the email listed in the application.

*Individuals may only apply for Fast Funds once for the time being.

Funds Over $50

(Rent, larger utility bills, unexpected medical bills, car repairs, etc.)

PROCESS:
  1. Submit an application.
  2. Application and all required documents will be reviewed and confirmation of DCS involvement will take place.
  3. Application status will be updated by email within two business days.
  4. Funds will be sent directly to the company the bill is from.
  5. Money will NOT be paid directly to the teen or young adult applying.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
  • Applications are reviewed during normal business hours.
  • Please allow up to two business days for an email response explaining the status of your application.
  • Approved requests for Funds Over $50 are generally between $100-$500.
  • Credit card debt and other non-emergencies will not be considered.
  • Submit bills or other documents at the time of your application to reduce processing time.
  • We encourage those who are connected to Collaborative Care or Voluntary Services to seek support from their IL Specialists or Collaborate Care Case Manager prior to applying for our Funds Over $50.

* Individuals may apply for Funds Over $50 more than once, but lifetime pay-out can not total more than $500.

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Emergency Assistance Fund

Emergency Assistance Funds are made possible by individual donors and these organizations:

 

Emergency Assistance Fund 1

 

Emergency Assistance Fund 2

Hanna Miller

Questions? Contact Hannah Milner, Assistant Director - Financial Empowerment

[email protected]   •   317-504-1503

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