Health & Well-Being
The Foster Success Basic Needs program was created to support Indiana teens and young adults transitioning out of foster care who are struggling with any basic needs including housing, utilities, transportation, employment, and health care connections. We will help you navigate all the resources available to you.
To be eligible, applicants must
- Be between the ages of 14-25
- Have spent at least one day in the Indiana foster care system on or after their 14th birthday
The three pillars of the Basic Needs program are Solve, Support, and Sustain.
First, a Foster Success team member will work to solve the immediate emergency that needs attention. This could be eviction, homelessness, childcare, transportation, and much more. Foster Success will determine if funds are available to support a young person in alleviating their current emergency.
Then, a Foster Success team member will dive deeper into the cause of the emergency. For example, is the young person late on rent due to low wages, no childcare, or other unforeseen circumstances? By taking the time to work with young people to solve the bigger issues, Foster Success can direct them to the appropriate resources.
Lastly, a Foster Success team member will guide the young person in accessing education programs to get a degree or credential, enrolling in workforce programs to upskill or find better-paying jobs, or engaging with financial empowerment programs to learn how to manage finances and get access to financial guidance and resources.
*When applicable, we will work with your IL or OYS Providers to access needed resources.
The Basic Needs program provides 1:1 referrals and real connections to community resources including, but not limited to: Housing, Financial Support, Food, Hygiene Items, Transportation, Medical & Health Needs, and Self-Advocacy.
We are here to help you track down documents you will need throughout your life. Those may include birth certificates, social security cards, health insurance cards/info, previous medical records, immunization records, medications name, family medical histories, and diplomas or trade certificates.
When you’re in need of mental health support, the wait time, insurance, and finding the right provider can keep you from getting the help you’re looking for. That's why we created the M.A.P.S. Initiative.