Foster Our Future
Every child in foster care deserves a Friend.
Right now, there are 26,000 five-year-olds in foster care who could be empowered with the support of a Friend—a salaried, professional mentor—who stays with them from kindergarten through high school graduation. We have a goal of expanding to 25 cities by 2025, getting us closer to every child in foster care having a Friend.
Friends of the Children is becoming a sought-after model in communities across the country that are serving youth in foster care. By building long-term, trusting, one-on-one relationships with each child, Friends advocate for youth in foster care—and their families—by providing consistency and stability amidst the often chaotic and unstable experience of foster care.
Join us during National Foster Care Month to #FosterOurFuture. There are multiple ways to participate. Read the stories, get the facts, learn about how we support youth in foster care, and support our expansion work so that we can give every child in foster care a friend.
Friends of the Children will co-host a #FosterOurFuture Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 30 at 9am PT/12pm ET with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and America's Promise Alliance. Follow the link below to join in as we raise awareness about the importance of mentoring and relationship-based support for youth and families impacted by foster care.
National Foster Care Month statement from Terri Sorensen
Research: For families impacted by foster care, Friends' model is a promising solution
Our Model: The Power of One Video
The Facts: Foster Our Future Infographics
National Mentoring Resource Center feature on Friends' and foster care
Study: Long-Term Mentoring Helps Foster Families (on the Annie E. Casey Foundation blog)
"Giving hope to youth in foster care – and their families, too" (on the America's Promise Alliance blog)
The New York Times: Charity Finds Success in Work With At-Risk Children...