Children and Youth in Foster Care
Anthem’s team of professionals works tirelessly to serve children, adolescents and young adults in foster care, adoption assistance and juvenile justice programs across the country. We invest the resources, time and energy necessary to help these children and youth achieve their dreams and goals, and link them to the resources they need to put them on the path to success.
We arm young adults with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate and access health care services, improve their confidence, increase connectedness with at least one identified adult support and eventually live self-sufficiently—all leading to better health and quality of life outcomes.
With more than 17 years of experience, we know the qualities and competencies that are most important:
- A team dedicated to changing the lives of youth we serve:
Our employees are compassionate, caring, empathetic and have the ability to build relationships and use critical thinking to solve problems for members and their families. Our team brings decades of child welfare experience and knowledge.
- Serving members in their communities:
We know that children heal in communities. We work side-by-side with state agencies, providers and stakeholders as part of a cohesive system of care that connects members, their families and caregivers to community-based services that promote resiliency, safety, permanency and well-being.
- Trauma-informed care:
We support a trauma-informed system of care to coordinate a child’s full experience – health care, child welfare, education, employment and social services and supports. Our model centers on comprehensive service coordination that integrates physical, behavioral and oral health as well as vision, pharmacy and social services. We also keep an eye toward a child’s future, helping ensure long-term success.
- Transition support:
Our approach facilitates continuity of care and includes programs for youth to success-fully transition from the foster care system to adulthood. We arm young adults with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate and access health care services, improve their confidence, increase connectedness with at least one identified adult support and eventually live self-sufficiently—all leading to better health and quality of life outcomes.
Examples of our key programs to address the needs of children and youth in foster care:
A coach-driven, wraparound case management model that establishes a comprehensive network of health and social supports around the child—including health, community resources, child welfare, housing, employment, financial and other key resources in the community.
Partnerships with local community organizations, schools, and state agencies to provide referrals for services that aren’t covered health plan benefits, but would benefit members under 21 and their families or guardians.