Program to help foster kids ease into adulthood

Indiana is getting $75,000 for a new national program designed to help young people bridge the gap between foster care and
adulthood.

The program, called Fostering Futures, was developed by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association with help
from the Walmart Foundation.

Based on a study at the University of Michigan, Fostering Futures helps young people build a positive self-image and set
goals.

The Indiana Supreme Court says youth who outgrow foster care are at risk of homelessness, unemployment, substance abuse,
criminal involvement and mental health issues. The court says the new program can help youth make a successful transition.

The Indiana program is one of 16 pilot programs across the nation.

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