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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Our mission is to empower foster care youth to maximize their potential by providing essential academic support and guidance.

Results: We have a 100% high school graduation among many other impactful accomplishments.

Target demographics: Youth in foster care

Direct beneficiaries per year: Our students succeed in school, leading to success in life!

Geographic areas served: Palm Beach County

Programs: Academic guidance and support services with individualized program planning and one-on-one educational mentoring.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is truly a blessing to children in foster care. Debbie and Donna and their staff are committed to educating and coaching children to help them succeed in life and to encourage them to believe in themselves. It is a privilege to be a volunteer with this awesome organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

LCross, The best non-profit area for supporting foster childern in our area. Debbie, Donna, Board members, staff and volunteers are making a positive impact on the lives of everyone they touch, every day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is truly dedicated to improving the lives and the opportunities of foster children so that they can become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. They have displayed a great deal of commitment in guiding and motivating others. Throughout our time as volunteers, Debbie, Donna and the entire staff of Best Foot Forward are always enthusiastic, always with a cheerful and upbeat attitude, and they have an infectious passion for making an everlasting impact in our community. They are a true inspiration and my family and I feel extremely fortunate and happy to be a part of the BFF family.

Randi Augensicht I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment you walk in the door of Best Foot Forward , you feel like you are home ! Everyone is very welcoming and appreciative that you are volunteering your time ! The projects I’ve worked on are varied , but it’s a wonderful feeling to know you are making a difference in a child’s life ; whether it is gift wrapping their birthday present or putting together gift bags for a party . The organization is well thought out and run by beautiful women who are mothers and truly want to make a difference !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization continues to be one of a kind in Palm Beach County, providing foster care kids with the educational support they need to succeed in school and beyond. With over 200 students in their program, they are truly transforming lives for generations to come. What a wonderful, hard-working group of volunteers and staff to be associated with; it's an honor being affiliated with Best Foot Forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is a one of a kind organization, whose mission is to provide educational support and services to foster care children in Palm Beach County. Simply put, they give kids who are in foster care an opportunity, and fighting chance to succeed in school, and to become successful in life. I've been volunteering for BFF for two years now, and I'm still astounded at what they are able to do, what "their" kids are able to accomplish, and the amazing success stories that continue to come out of their program. What amazing work they do, and they do it with so much heart -- it's an awesome privilege to be able to be involved with Best Foot Forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good people doing wonderful things for children in need. Great organization that I'm proud to be a supporter of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I never fail to be impressed with the genuine caring and support given to foster care kids by this organization. I've done some volunteer work for them and from the top down, everyone is kind, caring and grateful for any assistance. Their ultimate goal is to help kids with significant life challenges keep up with school work so that they can graduate and continue on to college. They are dedicated and hard working people with great hearts. I have nothing but respect for the group and their mission and look forward to volunteering with them for a long time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of the Best Foot Forward volunteer community for over 5 years. My children participate in their activities as well. Truly magical what Debbie ; Donna and their caring staff have done to nurture and literally raise the bar for hundreds of very special children in our community. Amazing organization..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF goes above and beyond every day to make sure our foster care youth have every opportunity to succeed with their education! These women are so dedicated and put their heart and soul into every child that comes their way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is doing amazing things every day. The children they support truly have their futures changed for the better by making education a priority. I love being a part of this organization- it is such a fun, positive place to be!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is an amazing organization. They go above and beyond. I’ve seen first hand how hard this organization works to ensure their kids succeed! Whether it’s tutoring, school supplies, daily essentials, or hands on coaching- their on-going efforts have changed (and continue to change) so many young peoples’ lives. It’s such a privilege to watch them at work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing co-founders who are making a difference with local foster care youths

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have experienced first hand over the past 8+ years of the wonderful work that BFF does to change the lives of foster kids in our community through education. They are truly amazing!!! The future of foster kids is bright because of them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is an awesome nonprofit to volunteer for. They go to any lengths for these kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is the BEST!!! I am truly honored to be part of this amazing group and the beyond awesome work they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To try and write a short review of Best Foot Forward is beyond impossible. This foundation has changed the lives of so many foster children and given them not only incredible amounts of love but guidance and hope for a promising future. From elementary to high school and beyond, BFF is there every step of the way to assure they all keep their chins up, and always take the "best foot forward"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is the real deal! I have followed them from the beginning. The founders are so dedicated to their mission of helping youth in foster care through education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is difficult to put in a few words what Best Foot Forward is doing in our local area. They are changing lives everyday. They say they work with children in foster care as it relates to their educational needs. I say it's not only their educational needs but their everything needs. Rarely do you find a charity that far exceeds expectations. I can speak first hand as a volunteer not only are they changing the lives of there kids but mine as well.

Seyril S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization with a remarkable track record. All of the highschool students graduate and several have gone on to college. BFF treats all of the kids like family . Volunteer time is optimized.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. It is well run by two extraordinary women who inspire my enthusiasm to volunteer whenever they need me. I know other volunteers feel the same way. The children who are mentored by BFF are alway front and center in all that we do. The results are awesome and speak to the success of this exceptional nonprofit.

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Jenn Seremetis J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is the most impactful organization I've ever encountered. They deliver life changing services to foster youth, with truly tangible, measurable results.

Best Foot Forward has a crystal clear mission, a systematic, deliberate process and every dollar raised is spent in a responsible, thoughtful way. I am so proud to serve on the Best Foot Forward board and be such a small part of a group with such a big heart.

- Jenn Jager

Board Member

Rating: 5

The is a phenomenal organization that does amazing work with foster children in Palm Beach County. The results speak for themselves, 100% of the children that Best Foot Forward has worked with have graduated from high school. They are currently working with over 200 children in support of their academic needs. They provide a consistency that most of these children have never experienced to support their educational and emotional needs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is the most amazing organization that I have ever been a part of. I have been on the Board since its inception and have seen Donna and Debbie grow this organization into an incredibly loving organization that supports foster children through all of their educational needs. They help tutor these young people for their academics, but also teach them life skills often starting with such basics as looking someone in the eye when you talk, to skills such as organization, speaking to a group, and completing applications. The success that the organization has had (100% high school graduation rate) for all of the young people they support is nothing short of miraculous. This type of success is not experienced with even the best demographic group, much less children who have often not been given love and support from parents.

The stories of success directly from some of the kids who have gone on to college which they did not even dream to aspire to can tell the tale correctly. They are so grateful for the fact that Best Foot Forward support them and never gives up on them and allows them to dream of a better future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best foot forward is a foundation that provides opportunities and make dreams come true for kids in the foster care system. As a volunteer, I have seen and lived the impact that Best Foot Forward have on these children. I have seen the Commitment and Love that the Founders give with every step they make. I am proud to be part of this foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be able to be part of Best Foot Forward. I have volunteered in different capacities and I have been able to experience the difference they make on the kids they have in their group. This organization provides hope to those that at some point in their lives have felt hopeless, they help these kids to have a chance to a good future.
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”
― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

Best foot forward has established a Legacy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit not only does an amazing job for the kids in our community but also builds a sense of community between the volunteers that is amazing. I'm grateful to have joined this organization and all the goodness that it spreads.

Julie Lohr P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can you imagine being a foster child taken from the only home you know because your parent is not capable of parenting anymore? This organization wants these foster children to put their "Best Foot Forward". Thanks to BFF, these children now have direction. BFF provides educational and emotional support to foster children. This nonprofit is the only integrated organization of this kind of Palm Beach County. With over 100 participants in the program, they have a 100% high school graduation success rate. Please join us however you can. It takes a village.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best foot forward is such an amazing organization!! I have been volunteering with them for years. Donna and Debbie are two extremely special woman with the biggest hearts.. The tutors and volunteers are the most loving & dedicated group that truly cares about the success of their students. I am grateful to have been introduced to BFF and to be a part of This wonderful organization.!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met a group of people more dedicated to children than the women who work for and volunteer their time at Best Foot Forward. Debbie Ellman and Donna Biase and are loving, selfless, thoughtful, inspiring, kind, giving,devoted and caring women..... and the list goes on. They are truly wonderful and I feel fortunate to have met them several years ago. I love volunteering with BFF and no organization cares more about the well being and success of Foster Care Children then they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

BFF is doing amazing work giving students in foster care a brighter future!

Donor

Rating: 5

BFF is always on my list of charities of which to donate. As educational advocates to our local foster youth, they empower these children to become successful young adults. Best Foot Forward consistently shows real measurable progress in our local foster youth in grade school, middle school, high school and most impressively on in to college.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


So many of kids in the foster care system slip throughout the cracks of the educational system due to the special challenges they face everyday. Best Foot Forward stands in the gap. They are a constant in these children’s ever changing stressful, chaotic life. They are offering them their hand…not a hand out.

I am a part time volunteer and have been nothing but impressed with this organization. BFF provides school supplies, they meet with teachers and counselors, providing tutors, teach organizational skills, provide emotional support and much more. That’s what they give.

The real story is in what they are getting back in return!
The children they are working with are being empowered. They are learning and taking an active role in their futures. They are moving ahead in grades and heading off to college. I am confident that both BFF and these students will make a great impact on our local community and our world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been voluneteering at Best Foot Forward for a few years. It's amazing to see the pure passion and dedication to these children. These folks work tirelessly towards their mission to make sure every child gets the guidance and support needed to get an education. It's truly impressive to see these kids and how far they've come and what they've achieved because of this wonderful organization.
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at Best Foot Forward for the last 5 years. This amazing organization always puts the children in foster care first. Their priority is making sure every student graduates high school by giving them academic support and guidance . Many children in foster care do not finish high school Best Foot Forward is changing that sad statistic with 100% of Best Foot Forward kids graduating high school and many attending college!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is such a wonderful organization doing amazing work helping children in the foster care system. The assistance, support, and guidance they are providing to the children in foster care is truly making a difference in the lives of these kids. I am so proud to be a small part of this non-profit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are an organization who is molding the children of the future. They are truly a blessing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward provides an incredible community service in South Florida where the focus is on providing academic, emotional, and nurturing assistance to foster care children who otherwise would not have the resources available to help them succeed in a world that is stereotypically an uphill battle filled with too many obstacles for them overcome. BFF provides a loving, safe and challenging environment for these children to soar beyond the limited expectations that their predetermined destiny predicts. BFF sees the potential in all of their children and helps them reach their maximum with an incredible support team that is led by 2 extraordinary women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The founders of Best Foot Forward are truly angels on earth. They care so much about each and every child they help and have made huge differences in the lives of these foster children. They step in and do the job of mother/tutor/mentor that these children so desperately need. As a volunteer, I have personally seen how they have guided so many students to graduate high school and succeed in college. I have loved watching Best Foot Forward grow to include more and more students over the last several years and I am so proud to volunteer with this amazing group of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is making a difference in the lives of children in foster care. They provide material items such as backpacks and school supplies. But even more importantly they provide educational coaching/tutoring and stability to these children who are often overlooked.

Misty20

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the special education coordinator at a Title I high school, I truly value and appreciate the support given by Best Foot Forward. The tutoring and attention they provide our students, makes my difficult job SO much easier and rewarding. Their connections with our school community is vital to the success of our most challenging learners. The impact they have is tremendous. The population they serve is the most needy and the BFF staff meets many of their needs. I am so grateful for their program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Foward is a wonderful organization that I am so honored to be a part of. Working in higher education I would often wonder what kids would do when they were not as fortunate to have the guidance and support of a caring adult who would guide them in preparing for college. By chance I found this organization and I knew immediately that I needed to become involved. BFF's mission is to guide foster care kids with educational support and guidance to help them achieve academic success. They support kids from the elementary school years all the way through their collegiate career. While doing this alone is such a wonderful mission, the team at BFF goes above and beyond to make sure that foster care kids have their basic needs met that we often take for granted. BFF has made a huge impact on our local community, but I strongly believe it is just a matter of time before this organization will make their impact on a national level.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is an impressive organization uniquely positioned to assist and care for foster children who would otherwise have no one to help them negotiate the educational system and many other aspects of life. They are a dedicated group of people whose unwavering support of these children of Palm Beach County are truly changing lives one child at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is such an amazing and unique organization. I am proud to be a part of this organization that is so dedicated to the educational needs of foster children in our community. With BFF, these students have opportunities to reach their potential and break out of the foster care cycle. The tools that BFF gives these students are invaluable and the students learn to apply them to other aspects of their lives, not just school. It is amazing to watch as the students gain confidence and learn how to advocate for themselves! I look forward to being a part of Best Foot Forward for the foreseeable future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization doing great things! I will continue to volunteer with BFF as much as possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very proud to support Best Foot Forward. Their program is unique and has immediate and lasting effects on children. I continue to be impressed with their efforts to impact more and more children in our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud and honored to be on the board of the Best Foot Forward Foundation because of the outstanding academic support and guidance they provide to youth in foster care. As an educator for over 40 years, I know how important it is for children to be successful in school. Due to their turbulent lives, youth in foster care are often at a disadvantage in school. The Best Foot Forward Foundation provides Educational Advisors and tutors to assist these children, so they can gain the essential knowledge and skills they are missing to experience success.

Our Educational Advisors and tutors work in a myriad of ways to ensure that the foster care youth in our program are successful in school and reach their full potential. We currently work with elementary, middle, high school and college youth empowering them to lead productive lives. I know first-hand that every day in every way our organization is making a positive difference in the lives of the foster care youth we serve, which makes the Best Foot Forward Foundation a truly “GREAT” Nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a volunteer for Best Foot Forward. They do so much for the children they assist, they give them a chance at an education they would otherwise have missed out on. Not only does BFF reach out to kids who are in the foster care system and help them with their academic successes, they will follow these kids once entered into the BFF program as they are moved from one foster home to another or group home to another or placed back with their parents and then removed again and through the most turbulent times of their lives....the BFF girls (Debbie and Donna) and their specific tutors that have been supporting these children will actually find where the kids were moved to and go there and bring their academic files so the new school who now these kids are placed with (it can be up to 4-5-6-7-8 moves in one year by the way) this school will now see this student as a PERSON with someone who cares and knows them and how to help them achieve academic success.

I am amazed how they do this, where anyone else just lets these kids slip through the cracks, with BFF once they are a student part of the program they are there for them all the way through graduation and now I've seen them even help these kids move into college and be there for them in a way we all would be for our own kids. These children have someone who will always and forever love and care about them unconditionally. That is Best Foot Forward, BFF.

I am honored and proud and in awe to be part of this organization that has changed the future path of these children into adulthood and also changed the paths of their future generations!

Kudos to Best Foot Forward Foundation!

Kathy168

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is an incredible organization completely focused on supporting foster care children who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in the most unfortunate situations. They have little to no guidance in school or their lives. They have become completely guarded because they trust no one. Once BFF comes into a child's life and trust is established, they begin to turn their attitude and their lives around. BFF have graduated 100% of their kids from high school and have helped enroll many into colleges. BFF gives these kids opportunities they otherwise would not have, giving them an opportunity to become productive citizens of our communities.