Algorithms to support foster children

A digital case manager that keeps track of data points critical to the future success of a child in foster care.

Our Brief

Homelessness in Chicago: What are data touchpoints that may identify when people are at risk of becoming homeless and how might we use these data touchpoints to create a new service to support people at risk?

Our Approach

A digital case manager that keeps track of data points critical to the future success of foster children -Foster children are at high risk of becoming homeless after turning 18 because they lack a safety net of support (usually financially from parents) that many other people rely on at the same age. This was our target group that we focused on after multiple stakeholder interviews, secondary research, and looking at available data.

Our Outcomes

A digital case manager that acts as an accessory to a foster child's human case manager. During the foster child’s high school journey, the digital case manager analyses specific data points that are indicators of how well prepared a child will be after high school—Trying to build a foundation of self-support.

Below: The foster child journey with the digital case manager.