The Indiana Department of Child Services Wednesday announced the creation of two new programs intended to help children and families throughout the state.
With the fiscal year nearing an end, the department announced it will redirect part of its budget to create two new programs. DCS will use six million dollars over the next three years for a new program, that will extend services to families who have been in the system once their case is closed.
DCS Chief of Staff John Ryan says previously, all services ended once a case was shut.
“Just because we’ve closed the case doesn’t necessarily mean that family is still…is now one hundred percent okay,” he says.
DCS anticipates around 850 families will participate in the voluntary program. The department also plans to allocate ten million dollars to establish a new older foster youth program known as Collaborative Care.
DCS Deputy Director Lisa Rich says it will help children who leave foster care after they turn 18.
“We’ll support apartment living, dormitory living,” she says. They’ll be increased educational supports for them. We’re really wrapping services around them to ensure that the outcomes of those youth improve.”
The program will be available until the children reach age 20.