Foster America is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of America’s most vulnerable children: those in foster care or at risk of entering the system. We are developing a pipeline of leaders and innovators and building a movement to transform the child welfare system.
Our children deserve better.
We are failing our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. This child welfare crisis contributes to society’s most intractable problems: poverty, school dropouts, homelessness, and crime.
Better results require extraordinary leaders.
At the heart of Foster America is a fellowship program that attracts talented professionals with crucial skills in data, technology, design, strategy, and finance to the child welfare system. With expertise from a variety of sectors, these fellows work on projects that help keep families safely together and make foster care more loving and far less traumatic.
Fellows' innovations are transforming child welfare.
Foster America fellows take on full-time, 18-month leadership roles at government and nonprofit child welfare agencies across the country. With our support, fellows lead innovative reform projects that improve the lives of our nation's most vulnerable children.
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This Friday and Monday, the Foster America team traveled to both coasts and completed Selection Days for fellowship candidates in Seattle and Washington, DC. Judges from a variety of backgrounds, including host agencies around the country, child welfare experts, and leaders from the business and nonprofit worlds, interviewed candidates and challenged them to develop visions for executing a better future for child welfare.
The Foster America team and Cohort 2 fellows gathered in Washington, DC during the first week of October for their third quarterly convening.
Executive Director Sherry Lachman writes in Time Magazine about inequity and how we can better support families and kids in foster care. "Many children in the broader foster care system — particularly children of color — are separated from their families when preventive services could help their parents overcome the challenges, often poverty-related, that lead to their removal."
Read her article here.
Foster America fellows from Cohort 1 and 2 gathered in balmy Saint Paul, MN this week to share learning, discuss new approaches to child welfare challenges, and collaborate in workshops.
Foster America congratulates our host agency partner in Washington State on the official launch of the new Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).
Immigrant children and their parents are being cruelly and needlessly separated at our borders. We oppose this trauma and implore our federal government to expeditiously reunify separated families. Foster care is like chemotherapy: inherently toxic. We must work to ensure that foster care is a treatment reserved for children who truly need it to remain safe and healthy.