The Foster Care Work Group works to ensure that youth currently in and transitioning from foster care have lifelong family, personal, and community connections and the opportunities and tools to become effective adults. Current work explores strategies to help young people achieve well being in all facets of their lives and to promote authentic youth engagement in program and policy efforts designed to improve transitions from foster care.

From the Field

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Foster America Accepting Applications for Second Cohort of Fellows

Foster America, which recruits talented professionals from diverse backgrounds for a full year, full time fellowship position in public and private agencies, is accepting applications for its second cohort of fellows, now through May 31. Fellows will be chosen by July for fellowships that begin in Fall 2017. If you know of anyone who mightRead More


Sponsorship Opportunity: Alia Hosts “Ten of Ten for Kids” Event

Alia, a Minnesota-based nonprofit focused on transforming the child welfare system, is hosting a national event May 23-25, 2017 in Minneapolis called Ten of Ten for Kids. Alia is partnering with global design firm IDEO in facilitation of a rapid-cycle, human-centered team design process to draw insights from 100 carefully selected participants (ten groups ofRead More


FosterPort Launches

A new website exclusively focused on resources that address the needs of older youth in and transitioning from foster care launched on January 23. FosterPort is a searchable database of research, publications, policy issues, experts, and more on issues affecting older youth. It was created for youth service providers, youth advocates, and funders who needRead More


New NYTD Survey Results

The Children’s Bureau recently released a data brief on findings from the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) of 17 year-olds surveyed in 2011, and follow-up survey data at ages 19 and 21. Outcomes were assessed in financial self-sufficiency, educational attainment, connection with adults, experience with homelessness, high-risk behaviors, and access to health insurance. TheRead More


Foster America Announces Inaugural Cohort of Foster America Fellows

Foster America has announced its inaugural cohort of Foster America fellows. Foster America is a new program that recruits experienced professionals to work in child welfare agencies across the country. This year’s fellows have expertise in finance, advertising, design, management, engineering, data analysis, education, and public health. Their projects range from helping partner agencies preventRead More

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Member News

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Fostering Quality Education: New Website for Foster Youth on Higher Education

Funded by Walter S. Johnson Foundation, the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law has created a new website, Fostering Quality Education, aimed at helping foster youth make informed decisions about higher education, including the pros and cons of for-profit colleges. The website includes an easy-to-use tool with links toRead More


Annie E. Casey Foundation Podcast Focuses on Moving from Foster Care to Adulthood

The latest episode of CaseyCast features two Jim Casey young fellows – Samantha Amann and Brittany Hunter. Both women reflect on their personal paths out of foster care and discuss the barriers they faced, the strategies and supports they used, and what a smoother exit from the system could look like. Watch Foster Care AlumsRead More


New Strategic Partnership Between Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation and Hack Foster Care

On November 2, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation announced a strategic partnership with the Hack Foster Care coalition of Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization connected to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which represents more than 400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs andRead More


Legislative Progress in New York City

On October 27, the New York City Council passed several bills and one resolution aimed at improvements and additional oversight in the city’s foster care system. The bills would create a foster care task force, require an annual survey of foster youth, and require the Administration for Children’s Services to create a five-year plan (threeRead More


FCWG Hosts Congressional Briefing on Public-Private Partnerships for Transition Age Youth

On October 20, the Foster Care Work Group hosted a Congressional briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill. The briefing was cosponsored by the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. During the event, members of the Foster Care Work Group provided examples of successful public-private partnerships workingRead More

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Policy Updates

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Expanded SSI Application Timeframe for SSA Pilot Program

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been implementing a pilot program since August 2016 that allows young people in foster care to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits earlier than permissible under current rules. Since 2010, the SSA’s rules have allowed foster children to apply for this program up to 90 days before hisRead More

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Funding Opportunity for Child Welfare Agencies and Tribes for LGBTQ2-S Youth in Foster Care

On March 1, the National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Two Spirit Children and Youth in Foster Care at the University of Maryland announced an upcoming grant opportunity for implementation of evidence-based, evidence-informed, and/or promising programs and interventions to address the unique needsRead More


Legislative Progress in New York City

On October 27, the New York City Council passed several bills and one resolution aimed at improvements and additional oversight in the city’s foster care system. The bills would create a foster care task force, require an annual survey of foster youth, and require the Administration for Children’s Services to create a five-year plan (threeRead More


Updates at California Youth Connection (CYC)

California Youth Connection is pleased to announce to recent developments. First, the Board of Directors unanimously elected Haydee Cuza as Executive Director, effective September 26. Second, their priority bill, SB1060 was passed by the legislature and is headed to Governor Brown’s desk. SB1060 seeks to maintain sibling relationships throughout the adoption process by requiring thatRead More

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ED and HHS Release Joint Guidance on Foster Care Provisions in ESSA

On June 23, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released joint guidance on the foster care provisions in Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law in December 2015. This is theRead More

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YTFG Publications

Investing in Well-Being

Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice

This publication explores the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults and presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. It also includes a series of concrete and actionableRead More


Small Foundations, Big Wins: A Guide to Making Smart Choices About Grantmaking for Vulnerable Youth (2013)

This guide gives leaders of small foundations tried-and-true tools for building a strategic and effective grantmaking program. It also contains tips and examples to help you consider ways to leverage your investments. Download Publication


Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in the Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being of Older Youth in Foster Care (2013)

The FCWG published its first investment agenda in 2003, Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in Successful Futures for Foster Youth. That document called for a series of investments to support the economic success of young people transitioning from foster care at a time when issues related to education, workforce development, financial literacy, and asset development received littleRead More


Investment Matters: Investing in Supports for Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents and Young Adults in or Transitioning from Foster Care (2012)

This brief highlights considerations, challenges, and opportunities for foundations in investing in supports for pregnant and parenting adolescents and young adults—both mothers and fathers—currently in or transitioning from foster care. Download Publication


Investment Matters: Investing in Evidence-Based Approaches for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (2012)

This brief highlights considerations, challenges, and opportunities for foundations in investing in evidence-based approaches for youth transitioning out of foster care. Download Publication

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