At Foster Success, we realize that supporting the 24,000 teens and young adults who have experienced foster care in Indiana is about more than delivering services and programs. It also is about changing the systems that surround them so they can thrive.
We do that by advancing work in three areas:
As a solution-oriented organization, Foster Success has successfully fought to improve the lives of teens and young adults in foster care at the local, state, and federal levels.
Foster Success has a proven track record of conducting research and then using the data to motivate stakeholders to change policies that impact those in foster care.
One notable victory was the extension of foster care services to the age of 23. With this progress, teens and young adults in foster care have increased access to the medical, educational, and financial resources they need to successfully transition to adulthood.
The organization also successfully fought to require the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to share data on the educational progress of children in Indiana’s foster care system and issue a yearly education outcomes report. Before this reporting requirement was put into place, the high school graduation rates of Indiana students in foster care weren’t even tracked.
2020 Foster Youth Education Outcomes Report Detail
Foster Success has helped create lasting change and improvements. But, there is still much more work to do.
For example, 25 percent of those who age out of foster care experience homelessness within two years of leaving care. The average wages of those who have experienced foster care at age 25 are about $14,000 / year – well under the federal poverty line. These young adults are exiting from child welfare into other state-funded systems, rather than becoming self-sufficient.
Together, we can work to improve these statistics – and the lives of the young people they represent.
People who age out of foster care and experience homelessness
Average annual wages for those who have experienced foster care