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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Foster Care, Youth Development

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.

Programs: Young leaders - young people with first-hand knowledge of the system is the foundation of the organization. We place young people at the table when important conversations are taking place that deserve foster youth perspective. In addition, we facilitate young leaders in speaking and public awareness roles that bring inspiration to child welfare professionals, foster parents and caregivers, courts, and other child welfare stakeholders.

policy & system change - fosterclub places young people in a position to impact the public policies that impact foster care and their own lives. Fosterclub captures the pulse of young people to influence broad-based system change in topics that matter to young people. Our public policy and practice recommendations are driven by authentic youth perspective.

membership & community - we build membership and community through our fosterclub. Com website, and through live outreach at events across the country. We encourage young people to engage with each other, ask questions, and gain peer support. The organization's primary communication vehicle, the website, is a hub of information relating to foster care, including articles, message boards, contests and stories. It's a resource available to youth 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fosterclub is one of the greatest things to ever happen to kids in care, it not only gives a way for foster care alumni to speak out for future generations of foster kids, it teachs current youth how to speak up for themselves

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had a deep passion and wanting to truly make a difference in the lives of youth for many years. I began to get involved in local agencies, but I began to hear a whisper about this amazing organization that was created specifically for the improvement of the foster care system through the eyes of the true experts of the system, the youth. This thing called FosterClub is a place where not only do youth truly get their voices heard, but things then actually happen, the plant grows from the seeds were are able to plant. This organization is youth driven, youth powered, and youth led. This is such a true statement, we as the young leaders determined the important factors needing attention and change, we chose what to learn about and work on, we visited Washington D.C. to speak face to face with the law makers of this country, we taught countless youth how to be resilient, how to keep ourselves safe when dealing with family, how to recognize the importance of permanence. FosterClub touches the hearts of so many youth, and adults, and foster parents, and concerned citizens. Of course, all this is what FosterClub allowed me to do, since the year of 2006 when i finally found out that all the whispers were true and this organization truly is amazing. I had been having several tragedies take place in my life, and thus I was aimless in my direction and lost in my own heart's anguish. I was in leadership positions in some local boards, but my heart was so filled with nothing that it was hard for me to help myself at the same time I was helping others. I was told that I should apply to become a FosterClub All Star. The state told me they would support me in this experience. I knew I needed an adventure, a chance to find myself, and to truly put a flame to the kindling of my passion. I was selected, and I was changed, and I was filled, and I found a small part of my purpose. I was able to learn so much from the thousands of youth I came into contact with, and the tens of thousands the twelve of us All Stars were able to help. I also developed very strong personal bonds with my fellow All Stars. Having been in a position due to foster care where I had people leave me and thus I was unable to truly open up, being around people with similar backgrounds allowed me to explore myself in depth. I grew socially, and professionally, and personally. This program quite literally must have been sent to change lives and give people identity. That is what FosterClub gave me, an identity. I am who I am, and I cannot see who I have become without FosterClub. And believe me, this isn't just me, I know of the fact that many of my fellow All Stars, both past and present, have had similar impacts in their lives. Of course, beyond what I have done and what FosterClub did for me, I have seen the impact of the messages we deliver, the hope this organization inspires in an under represented but highly resilient and intelligent population of this country that deserves so much more than what they have gotten. To know that a youth who before the impact of FosterClub felt as though they had no future and then after felt as though the stars are the very beginnings of what they can hold in their hands.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FosterClub makes me CONNECTED, INFORMED, INSPIRED and REPRESENTED!! I have been a part of FosterClub since 2004 and have constantly referenced the website and utilized its resources. I am now part of the FosterClub family and it means the world to me to have the unique kind of support that FosterClub offers to youth in care. I am now an advocate for the 513,000 youth in care and I wouldn't be if FosterClub didn't believe in me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Foster Club is a great part of my life I go on the web site daily and get to talk and meet other youth thats just like me the staff of Foster Club are a group of respected and knowledgeable people who really care about the lives of youth in foster care I was recently named Outstanding Leader from NV and they have shown me what it is really like to have someone to care about me and only want the best for me I could go on and on about how great Foster Club is but that would take days if not years NV R.D.Brown