- Casey Family Programs: Casey Family Programs (based in Seattle, WA) is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused entirely on foster care and improving the child welfare system. They provide nonpartisan research and technical expertise to child welfare system leaders, members of Congress and state legislators so that they can craft laws and policies to better the lives of children in foster care, children at risk of entering the system, and their families. Since their founding in 1966, Casey Family Programs has invested more than $1.6 billion in programs and services to benefit children and families in the child welfare system.
- American Bar Association on Children and the Law: The Center improves children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy.
- American Public Human Services Association: APHSA is a membership organization composed of agencies and individuals involved in human services work. APHSA pursues excellence in health and human services by supporting state and local agencies, informing policymakers, and working with our partners to drive solutions in policy and practice.
- Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance: Working with states and the adoptive community to help children receive uninterrupted support services.
- California College Pathways: An excellent resource for California college students from foster care and those aspiring to attend post-secondary programs.
- CASA/GAL State Specific Resources: State-by-state Info on and gathered by state CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) organizations.
- Child Welfare/Foster Care Statistics: These federal Child Welfare Information Gateway resources provide state and national data on the number of children in the child welfare system, trends in foster care caseloads, and well-being outcomes.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway: A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.
- Child Welfare Institute: A nationally focused, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality consultation and training services to state, local and private child welfare and human service agencies.
- Child Welfare League of America: The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. CWLA’s counts as its members nearly 800 public and private child-serving agencies nationally. CWLA provides support and resources for proven programs, better coordination of services, more efficient program management, and more effective service delivery.
- The College Board: The College Board is a not-for-profit association connecting students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, teaching and learning.
- Contact Info for Foster Care Inquiries: State-by-state list of who to contact with foster care inquiries.
- Federal & State Laws, Rules and Regulations: This US Dept. of Health and Human Services site conveys mandatory foster care policies that have their basis in federal law and/or program regulations. It also provides interpretations of federal statutes and program regulations and more.
- Improving Educational Outcomes in Foster Care: This Casey Family Programs book provides a modular framework for achieving collaboration across the federal, state, and local legal, educational, and child welfare systems. Emphasizing the needs of K–12 students, it contains resources for parents, caregivers, teachers, and child welfare professionals.
- Info on Finding Your Birth Parents: US Dept. of Health and Human Services on finding birth parents.
- Juvenile Law Center: The oldest non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the United States, it has become a national advocate for children’s rights, working across the country to enforce and promote the rights and well-being of children who come into contact with the justice, child welfare and other public systems.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities: The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.
- National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association: The National CASA Association is a network of 955 programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.
- National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections: Tons of research, studies, best practices, and other resources on foster care issues.
- State Child Welfare Agencies: Includes links to state child welfare agency websites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
- State Foster Care Program Managers: A current, state-by-state list managed by the federal Child Welfare Information Gateway.
In many states, foster youth must leave the social services system (“age out”) when they turn 18 or graduate from high school. But few young people are capable of starting adulthood on their own at the age of 18; imagine starting out as a foster child with no family and no guardian to help you establish an independent life.
Foster Care to Success (FC2S) understands. We are the oldest and largest national nonprofit organization working solely with college bound foster youth. For over 30 years we have helped them navigate the tricky waters of academia, understand the importance of personal fiscal responsibility, determine achievable career goals, and create networks of friendship and support. Since 1981, over 50,000 foster youth have received information, advice, support or funding from Foster Care to Success, helping them to transition from care to adulthood through education.
We help by providing tuition grants as well as book money, living stipends and emergency funding for the unexpected expenses that could derail the most dedicated student on a tight budget. We also provide academic coaches, personal mentors, care packages and internship opportunities to the 5,000 young people we serve annually, enabling them to enjoy a college completion rate many times that of their peers who lack such support.
Three decades of experience have given Foster Care to Success unparalleled expertise in the field of helping foster youth graduate from college and transition to the workforce and into successful adulthood. Our work has been acknowledged by Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, and every White House Administration since that of George Bush, Sr. in 1989, including recognition at a National Mentoring Month reception hosted by President Obama.
Check out the Foster Care to Success (FC2S) page on national and state organizations, online and community-based foster care support groups as well.