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The Older Youth Initiatives (OYI) program encompasses Older Youth Services (OYS), Collaborative Care, and Voluntary Services. OYS were formerly known as the Chafee Independent Living Services. OYS and Collaborative Care are sets of services and supports used in order to assist older youth successfully achieve their case plan goal. OYS and Collaborative Care are primarily focused on helping those youth who are expected to turn 18 in foster care, but the programs can be implemented concurrently with other goals like reunification and adoption. Voluntary Services are a set of services for youth who have “aged out” of the foster care system. These services are geared to assisting former foster youth in the areas of housing, employment, and education.
The primary purposes of the OYS program are:
Older Youth Services
For more information please contact:
Independent Living Specialist
Regions 1-7, 11 & 12
Department of Child Services
201 E. Rudisill Blvd, Suite 200
Fort Wayne, IN 46806