This section includes a national network for youth in foster care as well as foster alumni, success stories, helpful information about the foster care system, mentoring programs, and advocacy and policy initiatives.
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Casey Family Programs
Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation entirely focused on foster care. Since 1966, they have worked to provide and improve—and ultimately prevent the need for—foster care in the United States. As advocates for change, they are committed to our 2020 Strategy – an ambitious yet attainable goal to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve the lives of those who remain in care.
CASA provides support and resources to foster children.
The FreeChild project gives young people in foster care a chance to make their concerns and ideas known to the world.
America’s College Fund for Foster Youth has dedicated themselves to supporting foster kids who have “aged out” or turned 18, but still need help.
FosterClub is a national network for young people in foster care and young foster care alumni. The site includes blogs from current foster youth, success stories from youth who have come out of the foster system as well as celebrities who faced foster care. It also provides a listing by state of contact information for professionals and hotlines.
The global youth service movement that ignites all kids to make their mark on the world.
The U.S. Department of health provides thousands of resources to anyone who needs information about foster care, homelessness in youth, or adoption.
A Home Within is dedicated to meeting the emotional needs of foster youth today.
The National Council for Adoption is committed to the belief that every child deserves a permanent family and has a mission to meet the diverse needs of adopted children.
The NFCC is a national partnership of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the lives of more than half a million children currently in the foster care system.
NFPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping foster parents achieve safety, permanence, and well-being for the children and youth in their care.
Here on Network for Good people can look for information about parenting a foster child.
An organization that is geared towards youth who are aging out of foster care. It's a comprehensive, youth-oriented site with information, advice, interactive features and a useful glossary of foster care terms.
United Friends of the Children
United Friends of the Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of foster children and to supporting former foster youth in their journey to become successful, independent adults. Through our programs, advocacy efforts, and direct involvement with youth, UFC seeks to be a catalyst for change.
Youth Communication – “Represent”
Represent is a national magazine written by and for young people in the foster care system. Through personal narratives and reported stories, the teen staff provides an inside look at life in the system that other teens in care can connect with. Teen readers report that the magazine makes them feel less alone and gives them practical insights into handling the challenges they face. The magazine is also an invaluable resource for adults. Staff, policymakers and foster parents report that reading Represent helps them understand the lives of young people in care in new ways.
Resources for particular states:
AZ Foster Youth 411 (Arizona)
A comprehensive site that aims to give Arizona foster youth helpful information about the foster care system, shelters, education, the job market, and all the resources available to them within their community.
This link provides foster children on how to navigate through the legal system. Through this site, foster youth are able to access the California Foster Youth Bill of Rights, and explains how to speak with their lawyers and take an active role in addressing judges and other legal representatives.
Foster Youth Services programs provide support services to foster care children who have suffered the effects of multiple families and broken schooling.
California Foster Youth Education Task Force (California)
The California Foster Youth Education Task Force is dedicated to improving the outcomes of educational outcomes for children in foster care.
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (California)
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation provides funding to non-profit organizations who are dedicated to improving the lives of children.
This site is run by Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman of California and provides a multitude of information concerning foster youth in the state. It lays out many legal rights, options, and information foster youth should be aware of.
Foundation for Foster Children (California)
An organization that serves foster children in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County in many ways. Grants are given to help children participate in sports, arts, cultural events, and receive educational tutoring. They also provide children with their basic personal hygiene items, celebrate birthdays, provide a housewarming basket to foster children when they turn eighteen, and run summer camps and activities.
Department of Human Services (Colorado)
Colorado’s state web portal has information about foster parents and child welfare.
Waterbury Youth Services (Connecticut)
Waterbury Youth Services is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing resources and the overall wellbeing of children.
Foster Care Support Foundation (Georgia)
This volunteer-based organization works to provide Georgia’s foster children with their basic necessities and support. They have an active facility that includes a distribution center (for dispersing free clothes and toys), and a resource center.
It Takes an Ohana (Hawaii)
Since 1971, ITAO has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children in Hawaii by offering resources and information to those in the community concerned with protecting the interests of children and youth in out-of-home care, while providing responsible advocacy.
Health and Welfare (Idaho)
Idaho’s Independent Living Program assists youth ages 15 to 21 develop the skills necessary to make a successful transition from foster care to independent living. Youth who have been in care for 90 cumulative days after their 15th birthday are eligible for Independent Living services.
Children and Families of Iowa (Iowa)
Children & Families of Iowa’s Elevate is a youth-driven program that inspires change, compassion and connection for foster and adoptive youth in Iowa. Elevate members are youth ages 13 and up who have been involved in foster care, adoption or other out-of-home placements. We are young people who want to make a difference in the child welfare system. We come from every background and we all have stories to tell. Elevate's mission is to inspire others to new levels of understanding and compassion to the life connection needs of foster care and adoptive teens by sharing their personal stories of hope.
Kentucky Organization for Foster Youth (Kentucky)
The HOPE Mentoring Program has been put into place in order to making meaningful community connections for teens in out of home care. Our hope is that these community mentors will maintain relationships with their mentees long after the one year commitment has been fullfilled, and that these lasting relationships will ease the transition from foster care to independence.
Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center (Maryland)
The MFYRC aims to connect transitioning youth with programs already provided by local non-profit organizations. MFYRC also works with state and local child welfare agencies to incorporate the youth voice into system change.
Foster Youth in Transition (Michigan)
This is a Web site with information on a variety of issues important to current and former foster youth. The site provides links on how to develop supports, find services, get answers to important questions and just keep you posted on what's new.
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (Nebraska)
Since 1997, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation has advanced social capital and public policy in support of healthy, resilient children. We spark public and private community leaders to capitalize on local expertise and resources by working together. We engage state and local decision makers so the policies they shape help children thrive. The longer we wait, the larger the opportunity gap. With your help, all children can reach their full potential.
Children, Families, and Youth Department (New Mexico)
Resources for youth and adults about foster care in the state of New Mexico.
Youth In Progress (New York)
A detailed and very useful handbook to have during a youth’s time in care. Created by the Youth in Progress Organization based in New York City.
The Oregon Department of Human Services is working in partnership with ASPIRE to encourage and empower foster youth to gain the knowledge and skills to become self-sufficient, responsible and contributing members of their community.
Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board (Pennsylvania)
The Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of current and former substitute care youth ages 16-21. Youth leaders on the YAB educate, advocate, and form partnerships to create positive change in the substitute care system.
Great Expectations (Virginia)
A resource for Virginia’s foster youth that provides information about education, money management, transportation, legal issues, job training and job opportunities, and staying healthy.
The Mockingbird Society (Washington)
The Mockingbird Society is leading the independent voice for foster care reform in the state of Washington and beyond.
Independence for Foster Youth (Washington)
A resource for Washington’s foster youth that provides information and advice about how to gain independence and be successful after leaving the foster care system. This link provides information about scholarships, jobs, housing, education, and money management.