Today, there are nearly 22,000 young adults in Indiana who have experienced foster care as teens, a number that rivals the population of most Indiana cities. Sadly, life outcomes for these young people are often tragic, as many must enter adulthood on their own while dealing with the lingering effects of trauma. But foster youth are a portrait of determination and resilience. When given some of the same supports other youth receive from a family, our young people show incredible leadership, hope, and achievement.
Communities suffer too. Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative estimates that every foster child who does not successfully transition to adulthood costs the state $300,000 due to higher rates of unemployment, unplanned pregnancy, criminal conviction, and public assistance — totaling $150 million annually in Indiana alone.
World-leading foster youth financial literacy, education, and support programs
Foster Success’ mission is to ensure youth transitioning out of foster care are educated, housed, financially stable, employed and connected to a support system by age 25.
Indiana Education and Training Voucher Program
Each year approved applicants are awarded up to $5,000 toward the cost of college or career training. Indiana ETV is administered by Foster Success.
The Opportunity Passport™ provides financial education for foster youth ages 14-26. Participants receive a bank account and $100 seed contribution and savings are matched up to $3,500 toward pre-approved assets like cars, tuition, apartments, and homes.
Indiana has experienced the single largest increase in the country in the number of youth entering foster care, with a surge of 60% since 2012 and 17% from 2015 to 2016 alone.
Employing credit-building microloans and one-on-one coaching, this program teaches youth the importance of credit and how to be responsible borrowers.
Runway to Financial Success
Guiding youth to understanding their savings, budgeting, and how banking works starts with Runway to Success. Designed for youth age 14-25 who have spent at least one day in foster care after age 14, Runway to Success includes online learning and group conversations. It also combines Opportunity Passport and Credit Build into a successful launch for youth to earn, save, and grow.
Indiana Youth Advisory Board
Comprised of older youth throughout the state in foster care, the Indiana Youth Advisory Board meets regularly to plan community service projects, participate in leadership development opportunities, and advocate for improvements to the foster care system.
Additionally, our state-level advocacy work has resulted in the passage of laws to provide health insurance to foster youth through age 26, extend foster care services beyond age 18, and improve K-12 education outcomes.
REV for Youth
We believe in foster youth, their value, and that they’re capable of great things. A successful career starts with a great foundation of interview, job, and training skills.
Raising Employee Value (REV) for youth includes an online and offline series of modules and opportunities offered throughout the year. Trainings increase awareness, income, self-worth, and a sense of work ethic.
REV for Employers
Raising Employee Value (REV) can help you hire a diverse, next-generation workforce of foster youth.
Partnering with Foster Success means your workplace can give a youth an invaluable opportunity with an internship, job shadowing, training, and mentorship.
Show what your career looks like to a dedicated, older foster youth.
Since 2008, Foster Success has empowered thousands of Indiana foster youth to make successful transitions to adulthood. Our programs have distributed millions of dollars in financial aid for youth in college and career training, helped youth save and invest hundreds of thousands toward the purchase of their first cars, apartments, and engaged current and former foster youth in reforming the state’s child welfare system.
Foster Success’ vision is for an Indiana in which all young adults leaving foster care are self-sufficient and thriving by age 25.