ONLINE RESOURCES FOR ADULT PROFESSIONALS:
Fostering Change Network – FCN Consultants provide grant-writing, resource and organizational development support to start-up non-profit organizations.
Foster Care Work Group – The FCWG is a network of funders that work together to support the well being and economic success of youth transitioning from foster care.
Independent Living Resources – Independent Living Resources, Inc. (ILR), specializes in producing, researching, and marketing products for educators, human service staffs, and anyone involved in youth development. Our primary areas of focus are adolescents, life skills (interdependent living), foster care and adoption services, group and residential care, at-risk youth, and workplace safety for human service staffs. Products include books, videos, training curricula, multimedia (CD, DVD), and Internet web-based materials.
National Network for Youth (NN4Y) – The National Network for Youth has been serving the youth of America for more than 30 years by championing the needs of runaway, homeless and other disconnected youth. We do this through advocacy, innovation and services. Our reach is extended through our member organizations, allowing us to be in numerous communities throughout the country as we create a neighborhood of support for the next generation.
Northwest Media – An online educational resources for independent living.
The Mockingbird Society – At The Mockingbird Society, our mission is Building a world-class foster care system through collaboration, innovation and advocacy. Specifically, The Mockingbird Society has set out to: (1) Reform public policy and legislation (2) Create a new model of foster care (3) Support caregivers (4) Involve youth, alumni and caregivers in advocating for system improvement and reform.
Foster Club – National Training opportunities and curriculum options for youth by youth.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR FOSTER YOUTH:
A Home Within – Matches current and former foster kids with licensed volunteer therapists who provide weekly pro-bono therapy.
Transitioning from Foster Care – An Experiential Activity Guidebook: Transitioning out of foster care to independence is a precarious and daunting time. These experiential activities provide a common language and the tools to assist in beginning conversations between young people and the significant adults in their lives about the challenges involved in transitions.
Our Voices Matter (OVM) Support Network – The youth of OVM (including adopted youth and foster young adults) launched an intensive outreach campaign targeted to reach public and policy makers who hear youth voice their concerns and need for change. OVM youth built a support system for foster youth, adopted youth and emancipated foster youth to unify their efforts to elicit systemic change. They also provide leadership development and empowerment for our youth.
Camelliana Network – A national network that connects every youth aging out of foster care to the critical resources, opportunities, and support they need to thrive in adulthood. Join their network and find an adult to support you through your needs.
Foster Art – This company creates opportunities for children and teens to learn art skills and create artwork. The art is reproduced and the prints are sold from the art gallery on our web site. Portions of proceeds go to organizations that support Foster youth. One of the areas they strongly want to help is the youth aging out with life skills.
FosterCareinAmerica.com – This site will feature inspirational stories of children who despite being in care, have gone on to become successful, productive members of society.
Foster Care to Success – Foster Care to Success is the oldest and largest national nonprofit organization working solely with college bound foster youth. They provide tuition grants but book money, living stipends and emergency funding for those unexpected expenses that could derail the most dedicated student on a tight budget. They also provide academic coaches, personal mentors, care packages and internship opportunities to the 3,500 young people we serve annually, enabling them to enjoy a college completion rate many times that of their peers who lack such support.
Foster Club – Founded in 1999 by a foster parent who saw a need in the foster care system, FosterClub was established on the principal that self-advocacy, access to information and youth involvement are keys to youth well-being in foster care. In building a national network for foster youth, FosterClub has collaborated with state agencies, big business, individual citizens, private organizations, and (most importantly), with youth. FosterClub has become recognized as the national network for youth in foster care.