Youth in child welfare programs

Wellpoint and its affiliated plans coordinate care for more than 121,000 children, adolescents and young adults in foster care, adoption assistance, and juvenile justice programs across the country. Our team works tirelessly to help these children and youth achieve their dreams and goals. We invest the resources, time, and energy necessary to link them with what they need to put them on the path to success.

Changing the lives of youth we serve


With more than 26 years of experience, we know the qualities and competencies needed to help at-risk children and youth thrive and be successful.

Dedicated care team


Our child welfare team is compassionate, caring, and empathetic, with a deep understanding of how to build relationships and use critical thinking to solve problems for children and their families.


Community-based care


Wellpoint knows that children heal in communities. We work side-by-side with state agencies, providers, and stakeholders in a cohesive system of care that connects members, their families, and caregivers to community-based services that promote resiliency, safety, permanency, and well-being.


Supporting long-term success


Our programs provide continuity for children and youth who have experienced a tremendous amount of transition and upheaval. We promote long-term success by shaping our solutions to address their current situation while keeping their future needs and challenges in mind.


Trauma-informed care


Wellpoint embraces a trauma-informed system of care that coordinates the 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.


Promoting choice in services


Our teams take the time to listen, learn, and understand members’ daily lives and long-term goals. We support members and their families in reaching their goals, supporting their independence, fostering community inclusion, and promoting choice in services. Our employees uphold the values of self-direction, self-determination, dignity, and respect in every interaction with members.

Key programs for children and youth


Examples of our key programs that meet the needs of children and youth in foster care include:

Comprehensive case management

Our coach-driven, wraparound case management model 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 to help them stay healthy and successful.

Supporting independence

We support youth who are aging out of foster care to ensure their successful transition to independence. Our programs provide them with knowledge and skills to successfully navigate and access their health care services, improve life skills and 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.

To support children’s success both today and tomorrow, we develop solutions to address their current situation while helping them work toward future goals.