Foster Our Future
Every child in foster care needs a Friend.
May is National Foster Care Month
Right now, there are 72,429 children ages 4 to 6 in foster care. This is the age at which we select and invite children to enroll in our program. We pair each child in foster care with a paid, professional mentor called a Friend, for 12+ years, no matter what. We have a goal of expanding to 25 cities by 2025, getting us closer to every child in foster care having a Friend.
There are more than 437,000 children in foster care nationwide. As most people are staying with loved ones, a lot of children in foster care are living with non-relatives and are no longer able to visit their biological parents or siblings in person as a result of the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. With court closures around the country, child welfare reunification cases are coming to an immediate halt, leaving many families in limbo. Learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on youth in foster care, including insights from our CEO, Terri Sorensen and National CASA/GAL Association for Children's CEO, Tara Perry.
In response to widespread "Stay at Home" orders across the country, Friends have become incredibly innovative to continue delivering our program and keep our 'no matter what' commitment to supporting youth. Friends are dropping off supplies and activities, connecting parents to resources and information, reading books or doing math over the phone, and connecting through FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp and other technology platforms.
Join us during National Foster Care Month by following #FosterOurFuture on social media, reading our foster care stories, reviewing the facts, learning about how we support youth in foster care, and supporting our expansion work so that we can give every child in foster care a Friend.
FOSTER CARE WEBINAR
Mentoring Presents a Real Opportunity in Addressing Childhood Trauma
Editorial: Chicago Forward - The toughest cases demand the most attention. Will you foster a child?
FY 2018 AFCARS Report: National Statistics on Youth in Foster Care
Key Facts about Foster Care
Mentoring model is promising solution for childhood trauma
Research: For families impacted by foster care, Friends' model is a promising solution
Our Model: The Power of One Video
Feature on Friends' and foster care
Giving hope to youth in foster care – and their families, too
"I just can't do this." Harried parents forgo home school
America's child welfare system was already failing. The pandemic could weaken it further
Race/Related: COVID-19 and the Collapse of America's Welfare State
Coronavirus Pandemic Puts Increased Strain on Child Welfare Agencies