An open Letter to Gov. Holcomb about supporting foster youth during the pandemic

On April 29, 2020 Foster Success sent a letter to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb about ways the State can support foster youth during COVID-19.

Dear Governor Holcomb, 

We recognize the challenges COVID-19 has placed on you and your administration and appreciate your leadership in this time of crisis. Today, we are writing to commend the work that has been done on behalf of Indiana’s older foster youth and to ask that you take additional action to ensure that we can continue to meet the unique health and safety needs of teens and young adults in Indiana’s child welfare system and their peers who are or have recently transitioned out of care. 

Young people in and leaving the foster care system have been hit hard by COVID-19.  During a time when many teens and young adults are able to rely on their families for critical support, Hoosiers in foster care must rely on the child welfare system to ensure their safety, health, and well-being.  As you know, teens and young adults leaving the care of the child welfare system in Indiana between the ages of 18-21 are among the most vulnerable in our state and that vulnerability has significantly increased during the current public health crisis.  Young people have reported: struggling to pay rent, fearing that they will lose their placement or housing, not having sufficient funds for food and being isolated and cut off from emotional support and resources. 

Read full letter here