With like-minded governmental agencies, organizations, and communities, we design and implement community-based, prevention-oriented solutions. We are not only at-the-elbow collaborators in intensive local efforts; we are core contributors to the national initiatives shaping our field.
With a 17-member statewide steering committee comprising governmental leaders and community members – more than half of whom have experienced the system firsthand – we are co-designing future ways to support families and children. This work is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare, in collaboration with the Colorado Human Services Directors Association.
As a partner to Youth Villages, we are working to reduce over-reliance on foster care. We are focused on serving children in their own families, matching families in need with accessible and appropriate support, and increasing investments in prevention programs.
We provide project management and strategic leadership support to this national partnership, working closely with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, CDC Injury Center, Children’s Bureau, Prevent Child Abuse America and leaders who have experienced the child welfare system firsthand. The initiative supports communities in 22 sites across the country that are developing approaches to promote family and community well-being and helping families avoid unnecessary child welfare system involvement.
Our mission: Together with communities, Foster America transforms systems that serve children, youth, and families by innovating for a more just, equitable future.
Foster America’s 2023-2026 strategic plan will accelerate and amplify our impact. Our new strategy integrates lessons gathered across six fellowship cohorts. It also represents our response to an unprecedented opportunity for systemic change in service of children, families, and communities and in pursuit of a more just, equitable world.