Foster America is transforming the way our nation supports families. Together with communities and local governments, we’re creating a just, equitable alternative to today’s child welfare system – so parents and children stay together with access to the resources they need to thrive.
We are designing solutions alongside our nation’s boldest governments and communities. Together, we demonstrate that bolstering support for families is an effective alternative to referring them for a child welfare investigation that may lead to the separation of families.
We’re building a network of people with the imagination – and determination – to transform the child welfare system. We nurture and connect leaders, growing their skills and amplifying our collective impact.
We share what works, so more families and more organizations in more places have the support they need. Our workshops and training allow child welfare practitioners, community leaders, and those who have experienced the foster care system firsthand to learn from our team and one another.
We center the perspectives of parents, young people, and community leaders to put their vision at the heart of new solutions.
We ensure qualitative and quantitative data informs decisions, fuels continuous improvement, and promotes accountability.
We coordinate with governmental partners, nonprofits, civic and corporate leaders, to break down barriers and align efforts to support families effectively.
We help identify funding opportunities for programs that proactively offer the types of support families need and want – an alternative to harmful and costly traditional child welfare approaches.
Every year, 7 million children are reported to a child abuse hotline, and 600,000 of them enter the foster care system – causing traumatic family separations with little evidence children’s lives are improved in the long term.
Foster America envisions a reality where those numbers are far smaller, with families receiving the support they need to thrive before encountering child protective services and the threat of family separation.