Did you know: the Affordable Care Act includes Medicaid coverage for youth who “aged out” of foster care, up to age 26?
According to this report:
“Effective January 1, 2014, all states must extend Medicaid coverage to age 26 for all youth who are enrolled in Medicaid and in foster care on their 18th birthday, or enrolled in Medicaid when they aged out of foster care if over age 18.
Youth who aged out in the past several years and are not yet age 26 are covered immediately, and youth currently in foster care are covered when they age out. This provision is intended to ensure these young people can have health insurance without interruption until they are age 26, and parallels the provision currently available to many youth of coverage to age 26 on a parent or guardian’s health plan.”
Foster Parents: are you looking for training resources, outside of in-person classes? Be sure to check out The Virginia Beall Ball Library, a service of the Indiana Youth Institute.
The library provides FREE resources, including: books, eBooks, downladable audiobooks, special reports, journals, videos, DVDs, and CDs. The library is located at 603 Washington St., on the 8th floor (just one floor above our foster care team!).
Library resources specific to foster parents are available at: http://www.iyi.org/resources/doc/IYI-Bibliography-Resources-for-Foster-and-Adoptive-Parents-May2014.docx.pdf
I am honored to work with foster families as the foster home licensing specialist for Adult and Child Center. Prior to joining Adult and Child, I worked with the Indiana Department of Child Services for 6 years. In addition to working as a Family Case Manager in Morgan County, I worked as a Foster Care Specialist licensing foster homes and a Foster Care Consultant providing broad foster care program guidance.
It takes a special person and family to foster a child; I have continually been amazed at the resiliency and dedication shown by foster families. I have no doubt this will only continue as I get to know all of those who foster in the Adult and Child family.
About me: I live on the south side of Indianapolis with my wife Jenny, our 2 year old son Caleb and our two Basset Hounds, George and Bo. In my spare time I enjoy doing almost anything outdoors: camping, backpacking, kayaking (my wife not so much).
– Mark Davy
High school is a time of exploration, learning and growth. It is an opportunity for teens to think about life after graduation, and to prepare for their future career.
Preparing for a post-secondary career is a challenge for students living in foster care. They often drop out of school; those who do receive a high school diploma are less likely to go on to postsecondary education. Both of these outcomes limit their employment options.
Did you know:
*Only 58% of Indiana’s foster children will graduate from high school by age 19. (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative)
*Less than 50% of Indiana’s foster children will be employed at the age of 24. (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative)
Resources are available to help you provide career guidance for the teens in your care.
It is critical that foster children are supported in their educational goals, and are supported in making plans for life after graduation. Talk with the people supporting you and your foster children – including the Adult & Child Therapeutic Foster Care staff, and school guidance counselors. The Indiana Youth Institute has also provided some great guidance on how to help any teen prepare for post-secondary success. It’s an excellent resource for any adult involved in a middle or high school-age student’s life.
Download the Indiana Youth Institute’s “Quick Guide” today!
Also explore: postsecondary preparation resources available in the IYI library; Trip to College; Drive of Your Life
Comcast is offering Internet Essentials, a low-cost internet and computer solution to provide an equal opportunity for every child.
Comcast offers $9.95 monthly internet services and laptops at a subsidized rate for use of the whole household.
The program is available for K-12 students who are eligible for reduced or free school lunch programs.
MCCOY’s 2014 Youth Activity Directory is available!
It includes a comprehensive list of youth services and programs that highlight activities supporting academic achievement, healthy development and positive outcomes for youth.
If you missed today’s episode of No Limits on WFYI, don’t worry! It’s available online to listen to anytime.
The guests did a wonderful job explaining the challenges that foster youth face, as well as the types of supports that are most helpful.
Communities in central Indiana offer lots of wonderful free and low-cost family activities. Trips to parks, libraries, lakes, and outdoor summer concert and movie events are all great ways to spend time together, without emptying your wallet.
If you’re looking for something out-of-the ordinary, consider the special discounts offered to foster families by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and Marengo Cave.