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Informative Website for Foster Alumni & Youth

Other Organizations or Websites Created By Foster Alumni
Foster Care Youth Groups in the Nation
Websites ONLY for Foster Youth
Other Organizations Improving the "System"

Informative Website for Foster Alumni & Youth
www.justforyouth.utah.gov - Just for Youth provides foster alumni and youth with information about Education, Housing, Employment, Finances, Health, and Legal resources.
Other Organizations or Websites Created by Foster Alumni

www.raindancer.org - Raindancer Youth Services was founded by Ron Hatch (foster care alumni) and is a residential/ foster care treatment center that serves over 200 youth every year.

www.camptobelong.org - Founded in Las Vegas in the summer of 1995 by Lynn Price (foster care alumni), Camp To Belong Summer Camp was created to offer siblings in foster care and other out of home care the opportunity to create lifetime memories.

www.sos-fosternet.org - Survivors of the System is an award winning website created by a foster alumni. This sight deals with some very tough issues straight on.

modena.intergate.ca/personal/putsoo - "What about us?" This is a Canadian website by a woman formerly in foster care named Patricia Kotovich.

www.rowellfosterchildren.org - The Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 by Victoria Rowell (foster care alumni) who is an Emmy-nominated actor. Her credits include the television series, The Cosby Show, Diagnosis Murder, The Young and The Restless. Her films include Secret Sins of the Father, The Distinguished Gentleman, and Dumb and Dumber.

http://www.socialenterprises.org - Social Enterprises develops business ventures and partners with other businesses that leverage technology and the power of community to provide value to customers, our beneficiaries, and society in general. The Social Enterprises business “hub” will generate capital and other resources that will be used specifically for the purpose of funding programs, organizations, and other efforts directed at helping the youth and alumni of the foster care system in the United States.

http://fostercarealumni.org/ - Foster Care Alumni of America is a national non-profit association that has been founded and is led by alumni of the foster care system. We use the term alumni to describe those of us who have been in foster care during our childhood/youth. The mission of Foster Care Alumni of America is to connect the alumni community and to transform policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care.

www.OrangeDuffelBagFoundation.org - ODBF is a 501c3 public charity providing certified life plan coaching and ongoing advocacy to teens in foster care and homeless youth to improve their educational and economic outcomes.

Foster Youth Groups in the Nation

www.childrentochildren.org - Children to Children is a non-profit organization started by 11 year old Makenzie Snyder whose mission is to provide the 530,000 foster care children living in the United States with a duffle bag and cuddly friend.

www.calyouthconn.org - California Youth Connection is an advocacy/youth leadership organization for current and former foster youth. We are young people, who because of our experiences with the child welfare system, now work to improve foster care, to educate the public and policy makers about our unique needs and to change the negative stereotypes many people have of us.

www.fyi3.com - National Foster Youth Advisory Council is A diverse national group comprised of current and former foster youth, providing a voice and making a difference in the lives of youth that are currently in care. Each member of the group has survived the foster care and child welfare system.

www.ylat.org - The Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT) is a team of Maine youth in care (in state custody), ages 14-21, engaged in the education of the government, general public, caregivers, and peers regarding the needs of children and young adults in the child welfare system.

www.gahsc.org - The Youth Leadership Council develops an effective voice for foster youth in Georgia.

yep.cohhio.org - The best benefit the community receives from the YEP Youth Leadership Councils is their efforts not to give up on a community that they feel has given up on them.

Websites ONLY For Foster Youth

www.fyi3.com - fyi3.com provides foster youth between ages 14 and 23 opportunities to become involved, informed and independent in their transitioning journey towards adulthood (See the Casey Foundation below).

www.youthcomm.org - FCYU is designed to give a voice to young people living in the system by providing a forum for an open exchange of views and experiences by those most impacted by foster care.

www.fosterclub.com - FosterClub was started by a foster parent who saw that her two teenage boys, ages 11 and 13, deserved some "good stuff" for being foster kids. Foster kids are good kids who have had bad things happen to them, and she thought that she could help give them a break, and maybe help to make things a little easier (See the Casey Foundation below).

www.freechild.org - Our mission is to build active democracy by engaging young people in social change, particularly those who have been historically denied participation.

www.jimcaseyyouth.org - The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is a major national effort to help youth in foster care make successful transitions to adulthood (See the Casey Foundation below).

http://www.cafepress.com/YOUTHPOWER & http://ftnys.org/youthpower.cfm - YOUTH POWER! is the New York State network of young people who have been labeled and are seeking change. Together, we have decided to speak up about our experiences because no one knows what it is like for us better than we do. Through peer-to-peer mentoring, we empower young people to be active citizens, aware of government operations, their rights and the ability to use their voices to influence policies, practices, regulation and law.

http://www.youthmovenational.org/ - We the members of Youth M.O.V.E. National (Motivating Others Through Voices of Experience)will work as a diverse collective to unite the voices and causes of youth while raising awareness around youth issues. We will advocate for youth rights and voice in mental health and the other systems that serve them, for the purpose of empowering youth to be equal partners in the process of change.

Other Organizations Improving the "System"

www.childrentochildren.org - Children to Children is a non-profit organization started by 11 year old Makenzie Snyder whose mission is to provide the 530,000 foster care children living in the United States with a duffle bag and cuddly friend.

www.utahfostercare.org - Utah Foster Care Foundation serves Utah's children by finding, educating, and nurturing families to meet the needs of children in foster care.

www.slcoyouth.org - Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services provides immediate and safe intervention to children, youth and families experiencing personal and/or family crises due to harm or alleged harm of a child, or the ungovernability, acting-out behavior, delinquency, or involuntary dependency of a youth.

www.hsdcfs.utah.gov - Division of Child and Family Services primary goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect. DCFS also investigates abuse and neglect and offers foster care, youth services, and assistance with domestic violence. Unsung hero's to some of us.

www.utahchildren.org - Utah Children speaks out on issues that affect the well being of our youth. This site has helpful statistics on the child welfare system as well as general information on how to get valuable resources for children.

www.utcourts.gov/specproj/galcasa.htm - Guardian Ad Litem / CASA - Guardian ad Litem attorneys are assisted by court appointed volunteers referred to as CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA volunteers are members of the community who work with a guardian ad litem to represent the best interest of a child whose case is before the court.

www.thechristmasboxhouse.org - The Christmas Box House International, in partnership with the local community, seeks to develop and implement comprehensive services which reflect best practices of child welfare to abused and neglected children who have been removed from their family environment.

www.cwla.org - Child Welfare League Of America is an association of almost 1,200 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services.

www.preventchildabuse.info - Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Utah is a non-profit organization breaking the cycle of child abuse through education and training.

www.nationalcalltoaction.com - A National Call To Action, representatives from several national organizations, Authentic Voices, and interested citizens are implementing a plan to dramatically reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the U.S.

www.casey.org - Casey Family Programs provides an array of services for children and youth, with foster care as its core.

www.fccrb.utah.gov - The Foster Care Citizen Review Board is an independent state agency that serves Utah's foster children. Our trained volunteers become advocates for children. Through reading confidential case file documents and participating in personal interviews, they gather information to verify and assure that the Division of Child and Family Services and community partners provide services to ensure the safety and permanency of children in foster care

www.dss.cahwnet.gov/ombudsman/Involved.html - Great California resource page for foster youth.

www.nctsn.org/ - The NCTSN Mission - To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

www.thewkfoundation.org/ - The William Kellibrew Foundation is an advocate, bridge and community driven partner dedicated to breaking the cycles of violence and poverty. The WKF harnesses and provides resources to both victims and similarly focused organizations through prevention, intervention, education and outreach. By sharing the stories of survivors we give voice to victims, raise community awareness and empower people working to rebuild their lives, families and communities.

www.camellianetwork.org/ - Camellia Network harnesses the power of new technology to connect youth "aging out" of the foster care system with a community of resources, opportunities, encouragement and support. Youth have profiles on the site, giving them a place to express themselves, share their goals for the future and articulate what they need to be successful. Individuals and companies from across the country are able to collectively provide the support these young people lack by offering up doses of encouragement, career advice, professional connections, and financial support to help them navigate their way into adulthood.

www.togetherwerise.org - We are advocates. We are young, ambitious, humanitarians, artists, and students. We are unique individuals who are ready to see change in this world and are eager to pursue it. As a non-profit, our team is completely compiled of passionate interns and volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of foster children across the U.S. By building awareness and fundraising we hope to better the lives of children and give them a sense of normalcy in their sometimes turbulent world.