An average of 450 young people age-out of foster care in Iowa every year. Without intervention, these young adults are at high risk for poor outcomes, including homelessness, unemployment, crime, and poverty. IASN services are designed to help youth successfully transition from foster care to adulthood by providing encouragement, stability, guidance, and the opportunity to a build a positive future.
IASN can help if you are age 18, 19 or 20 and:
Aftercare Services. Voluntary, individualized support can help you transition successfully to adulthood. Aftercare participants meet at least twice monthly with an IASN Self-Sufficiency Advocate (SSA). Your Advocate will help you set goals, develop important life skills, connect you with community resources, and strengthen personal relationships.
Preparation for Adult Living (PAL). Financial support is available to Aftercare participants who qualify for the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program. The amount of the monthly PAL stipend is based on your individual income and expenses.
To receive the PAL stipend youth must meet all of the following criteria:
Pre-Planning Services. Youth who have experienced foster care can begin preparing to enter Aftercare Services several months prior to leaving foster care or any time after aging out. Youth can meet with Advocates to begin building relationships and learn more about Aftercare and PAL programs. Call 800.443.8336 to be referred.
* Foster care includes but is not limited to group care, family foster care, shelters, and relative placement. Call aftercare for verification of eligibility.