DRIVING CHANGE INFORMED BY LIVED EXPERIENCE:
We are the voice of young people who experience foster care.
Our System Change program takes a three-pronged approach to improving the child welfare system.
Get to know our work.
”Being in foster care can be a disempowering experience. Young people deserve to have their voices heard. FosterClub makes that happen.”
— J. Smith, age 19, spent 12 years in the Vermont foster care system
Priority issues we're working on.
The FosterClub team works to ensure young people are represented across the child welfare system and that Lived Experience (LEx) Leaders are at every table possible when decisions are being made. That translates into working across a broad variety of issue areas. Expand the items below for a snapshot of how we're contributing.
Rights in foster care has been an issue FosterClub has focussed on since its founding in 2000. To support youth in making informed decisions about their lives, they must be educated about the choices they have. We've made some progress, including the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (H.R. 4980), which requires state child welfare agencies to ensure children in foster care, age 14 or older, participate in the development of, or revision to, his or her case plan, which must describe the foster child’s rights.
”FosterClub has revolutionized how young people from foster care are engaged — ranging from involvement in their own case plans to their participation in reforming the entire child welfare system.”
— A. Jones, Partner from Name of Agency