Foster Care

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Young people who have experienced foster care, adoption, or the transition out of the system often have powerful stories and an incredible ability to bounce back. This page can help you learn about resources for young people in foster care and those who have aged out. You can also hear from youth who were in foster care and used their experiences to advocate for change. 

Communities

Foster Care Alumni of America gives young people who were formerly a part of the foster care system an opportunity to support each other and share information. This organization also works to... Read more »

Foster Club is a national network for young people in foster care that helps its members engage with and support one another. Foster Club members can access resources to learn more important... Read more »

Publications

As a youth in foster care, you have rights. These include rights related to your safety, family, health, personal choices, education, and more. This resource compiles information from Bills of... Read more »

Resources

This site provides updates about events and news for foster care youth. Youth can also use this site to nominate a case worker of the month.

Read stories from real youth who have experienced foster care and adoption.

The Youth Port provides helpful resources to young people in foster care, those who are transitioning out of the system, and youth who have aged out of it.

Tools & Guides

Transitioning out of the foster care system can be challenging, even scary. But you’re not alone. This toolkit has information on all the things you need to do to be independent, like getting a... Read more »

Use this document to create a "permanency pact" between a young person in foster care and a supportive adult.

This toolkit can help youth and the adults they trust design a plan to help them successfully transition out of foster care and into adulthood.

Videos & Podcasts

Four youth talk about the adults who helped change their lives. The first video in the series features Marcus, a former foster youth, describing how his adoptive mom has helped and supported him... Read more »

Young people offer advice on staying connected and living independently

Youth Voices

"I was inspired to pursue advocacy work because there are so many youth who just need the tools to succeed."

“Being part of this youth board turned my anger for the foster care system into passion. I had a story but my peers did, too. It became less about me and more about a group of youth who many... Read more »

“I have always wanted to go back to places that I have been…and just talk to kids and tell them that…if you just use your voice and stay on track, your future will be brighter... Read more »

Amy

"My internship was a life-changing experience. We invited members of Congress to come and listen to what we had to say and hear our recommendations for how to improve foster care through lawmaking... Read more »

"I am able to lead by example so that other people see that this is what foster youth could be and that foster youth are able to make it through the system being resilient."

"I owe the self-confidence to even apply for higher education to supportive adults…in my life."

"There is always a way to make things better. Take the time to hear what youth have to say."