Posted: Mon, 12/05/2011 - 9:44am Updated: Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:32am

On this page you will find information regarding federal and state legislation, organizations and scholarships pertaining to foster youth.

Federal Legislation

  • Title IV-E of the Social Security Act provides federal matching funds to help states pay for foster care placements for children who meet federal eligibility requirements.
  • The Foster care Independence Act: Public Law 106-169 supports provision of health insurance to former foster children up to age 21, by way of states using Medicaid funds. It expands funds for those 18-21 year olds to benefit from Independent Living programs.
  • Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act 2008. PL 110-351 provides kinship guardian payments, allows foster youth eligibility for Medicaid, permits states to extend Title IV-E assistance to 18+ youth remaining in foster care, and requires Title IV-E agencies 90 days prior to emancipation to develop a personalized transition plan - as directed by the youth. The legislation provides federal funding to reimburse states who choose to support youth beyond 18 who are in post secondary education, participate in a program leading to employment, are employed at least 80 hours per month, or are incapable of doing so for health reasons.

USDOE Guidance

Indiana Legislation

  • IC 31-34-15-1 requires a case plan to be developed for each child coming in to foster care. The plan must be developed within 60 days.
  • IC 31-34-15-4 (7) establishes a plan to ensure the educational stability of the child while in foster care so that the student either remains in the same school, or that there is immediate appropriate enrollment in a different school.
  • IC 20-50-3 establishes that transportation for students in foster care will be provided by the school corporation if the foster youth attends school in the same corporation - but not in the same attendance area of the original school. If the foster youth attends school in an adjoining school district both corporations are to enter into an agreement to transport the student. if there is no agreement costs will be divided 50/50.



  • Connected by 25, a project of the Marion County Commission on Youth, aims to ensure foster youth in Marion County are educated, housed, financially stable, employed and connected to a support system by the age of 25.
  • Youth Connections Program for Foster Care Students assists youth form long-term connections to caring adults.
  • Legal Center for Foster Care and Education serves as a national technical assistance resource and information clearinghouse on legal and policy matters affecting the education of children in the foster care system. see the "Blueprint for Change: Education Success for children in Foster Care."
  • The National Working Group on Foster Care and Education is a partnership of ten organizations working to ensure successful educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care across the country.




Jeff Wittman
Student Support Specialist and Foster Youth Coordinator
Phone: (317) 234-5704