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Are you curious about Friends of the Children's work in foster care? In the spirit of building awareness around foster care in May, we created a special email series, "Understanding Friends' Work in Foster Care." We shared foster care facts, gave more detail on the work Friends do and provided connections to resources for those of you looking to go a little deeper. Think of it as a little bit of head, a little bit of heart – and a LOT of inspiration.

The Well-Being Continuum:

For nearly thirty years, Friends of the Children has been empowering youth and families who have been impacted by foster care and the child welfare system (here are a couple of links to help define what we mean by foster care and the child welfare system). We work with community partners and the system itself to identify families who are at different places in terms of their experience to ensure that our model is serving the children and families who need us most.

Friends of the Children's Work Along the Continuum:

Our youth and family-led, trauma-informed approach supports health and well-being for children and those families along that continuum with these goals in mind:

- Promoting safe and well-supported children and families
- Providing hope-inspiring services that mitigate trauma and promote well-being
- Preventing further involvement with the child welfare system

Excited to learn more? So are we! You can use the buttons below to explore how Friends of the Children supports youth and families along the well-being continuum.

Front-End Prevention
Foster Care Prevention
Foster Care Support
Exit to Permanency
Caregivers Impacted by Foster Care

As part of our #FosterOurFuture series, Friends of the Children hosted a free virtual panel discussion on Thursday, May 20 at 12:00 pm PT/3:00 pm PT, "The Power of Narratives to Change Systems: A New Story for Foster Care. Watch a replay for the panel below.

Narratives shape the way we view others and the way we view ourselves. Stories and narratives can create shifts in mindsets. This can lead to new ways of relating to one another, which can ultimately lead to shifts in power that drive not just systems change, but new system building!

The upcoming panel will discuss the stories we tell – and the ones we should be telling – about youth and families impacted by foster care. The panel will bring together communications experts and thought leaders from around the country, including:

- LaTeesha Pinkney, Parent, Professional, Self-Advocate and Entrepreneur
- Benjamin Carlton, Co-Founder, BMe Community; Chief Officer of Equity, Friends of the Children
- Marisa Gerstein Pineau, Principal Researcher and Strategist, FrameWorks Institute