Every child in foster care needs a Friend.

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, which is 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, doing math over the phone and connecting through FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp and other technology platforms.

FOSTER CARE WEBINAR

LEARN

Chronicle of Social Change Article
Editorial: Chicago Forward - Will you foster a child?
National Statistics on Youth in Foster Care
Key Facts about Foster Care
Mentoring model is a promising solution for childhood trauma
Research Findings: For families impacted by foster care
Feature on Friends' and foster care
Giving hope to youth in foster care – and their families, too

Executive Directors from across our network have been featured in the Bend Bulletin, Herald and News and Fargo Forum.

STORIES

Finding Your Spark in Quarantine
Finding Hope during Tough Times
Raising Twins: A positive relationship with Friends
Javier's Story
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COVID-19 NEWS

"I just can't do this." Harried parents forgo home school
Vox Article: Coronavirus & Child Welfare System
Race/Related: COVID-19 & the Collapse of America's Welfare State
Coronavirus Pandemic Puts Increased Strain on Child Welfare Agencies