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Fostering Futures

Fostering Futures

What if every youth aging out of foster care achieved their potential?

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Young people who age out of foster care face long odds

Older youth in foster care are one of the most vulnerable populations in this country. They are less likely to reach a permanent home and may languish in the foster care system for years before aging out, which happens to nearly 18,000 young people every year.

Suddenly, these youth are expected to make it on their own as independent adults. Some experience the foster care-to-prison pipeline firsthand. Some leave foster care and become homeless on day one. Many never graduate from high school. Most are underemployed, and even later, at age 26, they earn less than half what their peers do, on average.

This is unacceptable, and we can change it.

only

58%

graduate high school by 19

less than

3%

earn a college degree by 25

only

46%

are employed at 26

Introducing Fostering Futures

We believe high school graduation, living wage employment, a place to live, and a healthy, thriving adulthood are within reach of every youth aging out of foster care, and we know that a caring, consistent adult can make all the difference.

To help every young person achieve their potential, the National CASA/GAL Association is launching Fostering Futures, a multi-year initiative to strengthen our service to the older youth we already serve and expand our services to more youth preparing for independent adulthood.

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Our network of programs and volunteers serves approximately a third of older youth in foster care

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With Fostering Futures, we are asking and answering some bold questions:

 

For youth in the child welfare system, their CASA or GAL volunteer may be the one consistent adult in their life who helps them set goals, build connections and prepare for life after foster care.

With Fostering Futures, National CASA/GAL is building on our network’s long history working with older youth to develop an enhanced, evidence-based volunteer framework to help them thrive.

While CASA and GAL volunteers advocate for youth in all areas of their life, Fostering Futures CASA and GAL volunteers will focus on outcomes in the areas of enabling educational success, preparing youth for adulthood, increasing access to living wage employment and promoting good health—including improving access to mental health services, as well as preventing substance use disorders and unintended pregnancy.

 



 

National CASA/GAL will consult former foster youth and innovative leaders from within our own network. We will identify peer organizations that are getting promising results and explore whether and how to cooperatively incorporate their practices into our model. We will also test promising practices within our network and evaluate which interventions to scale.

National CASA/GAL will pilot the new framework in high-need urban areas before rolling out Fostering Futures to our nationwide network of programs.

We will also recruit new volunteers who are passionate about serving older youth and whose demographic characteristics match those of the youth we serve.

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National CASA/GAL is seeking investors, thought leaders and corporate partners who share our vision and will work alongside us to make sure every young person transitioning from foster care to adulthood has the support they will need to reach their full potential and thrive in adulthood.

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