FOSTERCLUB

Rating: 4.93 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 753 First Ave Seaside OR 97138 USA

Mission: FosterClub’s mission is to lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, informed, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to better outcomes for their peers.

2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Fosterclub's Spirit, Drive and Determation is what makes the Hope of youth keep going. their an excellent tool needed for youth,alumni,and professionals.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their passion for the betterment of children ina nd from foster care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

There is absolutely nothing bad to say about fosterclub!!! Not only does there website provide conection for foster youth all over the country its staff provides hope and knowledge of a better futur for youth in foster care!! This summer fosterclub came to Arkansas and helped our Youth Advisory Board put together the most amazing conference! Our conference was the first youth conference put together by youth and actually led by youth. Fosterclub led 2 workshops....foster-to-famoous.....fosterclub.com intro. They truly were a key factor in the success of our conference. Fosterclub taught me how to be a true leader. They provided training for myself and my fellow board members. And gave amazing suggestions. Life for youth in foster care has a positive future thanks to fosterclub. Their slogan "Built for Youth....Powered by Youth...Changing life for Youth in Foster Care" tells it all!!! Fosterclubs allstars are awsome, positive, and always willing to help! I say they diserve to win!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways actually. With their help and the support of the allstars our conference got amazing reviews. And States are asking for our advice and leadership. They are currenlty helping our youth all over the state get connected.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the leadership they have put in me! Amazingly they given not only me...but youth all over the country hope for the future!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly awsome, very supportive, very inspirational and honest! Celeste Bodner, Lupe Tovar, JJ Hitch, and Steve Farnham are a couple of the inspirational staff the I have had the pleasure in meeting!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Chang the world!

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

Fosterclub is amazing and that they disserve to win!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

My niece was is an all star this year. This organization is doing fabulous work with and for kids in care. I am so impressed with my nieces experience and how devoted she is to this improtant cause.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My nieces excitement and dedication ot the cause

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help to ensure positive outcomes for more kids in care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I was an all-star in 2009, and working with FosterClub has opened so many doors for me. Everyone who works at fosterclub is invested heart and soul in the system. Many times when I was in foster care I felt people only cared about me because they were paid to do so. With FosterClub, I never felt that way. Their staff are so conscious of the needs of youth like myself, and help shape us into becoming the kind of adults we wished for as kids. They are amazing and are helping make visible changes within the system.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I always knew who I was, but I am now comfortable talking unapologetically about the past that has shaped me into that person. They make me feel like I belong somewhere, which is a HUGE big deal for me.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The self-discovery, and greater understanding I gained.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, passionate people. The fosterclub staff are my role models.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase the number of youth attending college, extend care to 21 nationwide, empower tons more youth... The possibilities would be endless! FosterClub is capable of anything.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I was an All-Star in 2005 and continue to volunteer with this organization from time to time. The skills and experiences I have acquired have been invaluable. From my internship experiences in 2005 and 2008, I developed skills in establishing boundaries, leading groups and workshops, and speaking. Furthermore, my experiences with FosterClub helped me find my passion for reforming child welfare policy and practice. I am currently a MSW student at Columbia University studying social policy and management. FosterClub connected me to a new community of foster care alumni. Being connected is very crucial for foster care alumni after aging out. I don't believe I would be as goal-driven and successful as I am today without FosterClub. Please endorse FosterClub in an effort to advocate for the half million children in foster care.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the passage of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, committed, and passionate individuals!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

definitely improve the outcomes of youth who are in and aged out of foster care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

This is a fine organization! Our former foster daughter (who is like our daughter now), became an AllStar, and learned so much. She knows how to speak to groups, lead workshops, and understand her journey. That AllStar experience is very valuable to her, and for that we are thankful to Foster Club. The leaders of Foster Club really helped her to learn and grow.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the youth that were All Stars.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a positive impact on every child in foster care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am proud to say that I was a FosterClub Allstar in 2005. What impresses me is the Director and her resourcefulness and creativity. What she can do with a budget is incredibly impressive. In 2005 she had 2 staff and was operating a network with more than 2,000 recipients. Celeste provided foster youth with channels of communication and a peer support network when there was none. She helped empower them by providing documents and young adults who had been through the process to help them become more active in their case and in their life. She created the majority of the documents her self initially. These documents such as the Fyi3 binders were highly acclaimed and were the general revenue for FosterClub. Celeste's ideas are constantly amazing and typically implemented successfully. She is one of my biggest inspirations and I constantly use her as a role model. The internship change my life as it enhanced many of my skills- public speaking, facilitation, endurance, work ethic, listening, traveling. It also made me much more attractive to other non-profits and my career flourished as a result. Watching FosterClub grow has been amazing and they deserve support as they have always supported young people and modeled an ideal youth friendly non-profit.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support other youth driven boards and councils that aren't sustainable financially.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

FosterClub is AMAZING! I work closely with young people and staff from FosterClub at least weekly, and I also proudly donate to FosterClub. Supporting this organization is an easy thing to do--their mission is incredibly important, their work is ALWAYS top-notch, and they are excellent stewards of their limited resources. I encourage everyone to support FosterClub. Young people in foster care need us to care for them, and to ensure we have excellent public policy and practice related to foster care. By supporting FosterClub, you are raising up the 800,000 children who live in foster care every year.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the way foster care works for ALL children now and into the future. We could make sure no more children have to grow up alone, afraid, and without role models. We could make sure social workers and policy makers know how best to support youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Amazing amount of advocacy from such a small organization. They may be small but are widely respected in the foster care advocacy community. Wonderful organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Washington DC watching their speakers in action.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its ability to articulate the distinct needs of foster kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all positive and filled with energy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change foster care in this country for the better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have seen people paralyzed by anxiety to such an extent that every life circumstance to be dealt with becomes tinged by a sort of melancholic awareness of the impermanence of things. The awareness by itself is not necessarily a bad thing except when there is no symbol of hope or rather awareness of a future good. It is my opinion that Fosterclub provides an indispensable service towards this end, particularly in the form of the Fosterclub All Stars. The All Stars, and indeed Fosterclub in general, give a silent permission to others to proceed with life rather than becoming paralyzed by the stark revelations brought on by a less than good childhood. The programs offered by Fosterclub are impressive but would amount to very little were it not for the ever caring and ever patient staff of the organization whose compassion appears to me to be beyond question. I have been a recipient of the love and infectious joy of those involved with Fosterclub for sometime and I grow more impressed each time I see a presentation delivered to a group of eager foster youth or when I see a youth having fun simply playing with an All Star.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that each member of the team cares. It is authentic and encouraging.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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