“Every year, hundreds of young people grow old North Carolina foster care system, and too often fall through the cracks of the system,” said jesse thomas, Vice President of Medicaid and General Manager of Healthy Blue for Blue Cross NC. “Funding for this program is critical to supporting the health and well-being of these young adults and ensuring they have the resources and tools necessary to thrive and successfully transition into independent adulthood. “
“After reaching the age of 18, 20% of young people placed in foster care will instantly become homeless,” said Carmelita Coleman, director of the SaySo program. “With Blue Cross NC providing this funding, we are helping to reduce the youth rate in North Carolina who may be evicted, homeless or deprived of the essential housing items they need. »
The Flex Fund will be administered by the SaySo Young Adult Leadership Council who will develop demand for young people in need of housing assistance. The application will include basic information about the housing request, such as the applicant’s demographics, type and amount of assistance requested, date needed, and other documents that may be needed to support the application (such as a W-9 or an invoice). Additionally, applicants will provide information to ensure that the funding is being used for housing, that there is a mechanism to maintain housing, that they are connected to additional programs and resources, and that the young person has access to a support system.
Studies have shown that many young people in foster care struggle with the transition to adulthood.1 Compared to their peers who are not in foster care, they often lack the essentials, such as stable housing, employment and transportation, needed to become self-sufficient and take care of their health. The Flex Fund program aims to address this need by providing youth in foster care with housing assistance and resources to support their overall well-being.
For more information about the program, please call 1-800-632-1400 or visit www.chsnc.org.
SaySo is a statewide fellowship, part of the Children’s Home Society of NC, for young people ages 14-24 who are or have been in the out-of-home care system. This includes all types of surrogate care, including foster care, group homes, and mental health placements. The youth-led organization improves the alternative care system by educating the community, talking about needed changes, and providing support to young people who are or have been in the care of surrogates. SaySo started in 1998 and today the organization has 29 local chapters across North Carolina and a membership of over 750 young adults in foster care and alumni who remain committed to raising the voices of young people.
Children’s Home Society (CHS) has served over 23,000 North Carolina children and families last year. This included providing family preservation services to over 1,000 young people and creating a safe haven for nearly 1,100 children in foster care. CHS has celebrated more than 16,000 adoptions since 1902. With more than 12,000 foster children in the state and more than 450 aging each year, CHS continues to work tirelessly in its mission to promote the right of every child. to a permanent and secure environment. , and loving family.
About the Children’s Homes Society of North Carolina
Children’s Home Society provides a network of services and support through North Carolina to help build and maintain healthy, loving relationships in every family. For 120 years, the Children’s Home Society has provided a wide range of programs and services, including adoption, foster care, parenting education, family preservation, support for young people who are and have been in foster care and the responsibility of teenagers. Children’s Home Society believes in the importance of family, not only in a child’s life, but also in building a community.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield North Carolina
Blue Cross and Blue Shield North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is committed to making healthcare better, simpler and more affordable. We have improved health by North Carolina since 1933, working to address our communities’ greatest health challenges. Blue Cross NC serves its customers and communities of more than 4.2 million members, including approximately 1.1 million on behalf of other Blue Plans. Blue Cross NC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit Blue Cross NC online at www.bluecrossnc.com.
SOURCE North Carolina Children’s Home Society