This page contains links to some great research going on discussing the issue of kids transitioning out of the foster-care system as well as other resources for foster-parents. As I can find more, I'll add them here. Additionally, if you'd like to share any thoughts or research you've found, please feel free to drop us an e-mail.
The Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 by Victoria Rowell. For over a decade RFCPP has provided the means for foster children to fulfill their limitless potential through involvement in fine arts, sports, and the provision of job opportunities.
CWLA is an association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services.
The estimated 518,000 American children currently in foster care are among the most at-risk children in American society. Research shows that adults who were formerly in foster care are more likely than the general population to succumb to poor life outcomes. Former foster children are more likely to become homeless, incarcerated, or dependent on state services. [ed: excellent article done by the Heritage Foundation, definitely worth checking out]
Foster children face many challenges in life. For those in long-term care, one major obstacle is the difficult transition out of state care into adulthood. Education is a key factor in determining whether a foster child successfully makes this transition. Regrettably, many foster children do not.
- National Foster Parent Association | The National Foster Parent Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization established in 1972 as a result of the concerns of several independent groups that felt the country needed a national organization to meet the needs of foster families in the United States.Today, NFPA has grown from an original group of 926 foster parents, 210 social workers and 59 other professionals to an organization that represents thousands of foster families nationwide through foster parent affiliates.
- Orphan Foundation of America | Founded in 1981 in a community center basement, the Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) has grown to serve thousands of foster teens across the United States. Whether we're providing young people with scholarships, connecting them with internships, sending them care packages, or testifying before Congress and state legislatures, OFA is a passionate champion of foster youth. They also run this great program called 'Virtual Mentor' where your foster-kid can e-mail back and forth with a mentor who can be a positive adult influence in their life as they transition from being a ward of the state to an independed adult.
- Foster Club | National network for youth in foster-care.
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