Important Links

Alabama

Alabama Department of Human Resources – Foster Care information

Foster care applicants complete a 30-hour preparation course and receive information necessary to prepare for a rewarding family experience.

Heart Gallery Alabama is helping with success in the state at getting foster children adopted.  Heart Gallery Alabama advocates for children living in foster care. The organization partners with professional photographers and videographers to capture each child’s unique personality. These images and videos are part of a traveling exhibit and part of a statewide media presence.  Heart Gallery Alabama strives to assist potential families through the adoption process.

Alaska

Alaska – Foster Care-related stories

Great information from the Alaska Public Media solutions desk.

Babble.com

Stories about adoption and foster care

California

Kamali’i is a Foster Family Agency in Southern California.

Just in Time for Youth in San Diego has an important mission – engage a caring community to help transition-age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being.  Focus is on older children in the system and those aging out.

CAFO – Christian Alliance for Orphans

The purpose of the CAFO National Church Ministry Initiative (NCMI) is to equip, connect and support churches as they launch and lead effective foster care, adoption, support and orphan care ministries.  Annual CAFO Conference information

Chronicle of Social Change

Launched in 2013, The Chronicle of Social Change is an online news publication dedicated to solution-based news coverage of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and educational issues faced by vulnerable children.

Florida

Florida State Foster Adoptive Parent Association, Inc. has an annual Education Conference every summer.  In 2018 it was in Orlando June 28-July 1.  FloridaFAPA.org

Some great foster care resources and videos here from the Christian radio station The Joy Fm.

Hey Sigmund

Helpful website created by author Karen Young to help parents and children deal with specific issues.

Illinois

TasselTurn is a non-profit that helps children further their education and successfully graduate from high school and college with the help of an assigned mentor.  The founder Shante Elliott is a former foster child.

Kentucky

KET Forum on “Fostering Family” examines progress and challenges to Kentucky’s adoption and foster care system in the context of recent reform efforts that have been enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly.  June 13, 2020.

North Dakota

PATH ND is a private non-profit child and family services agency that began operations in North Dakota in 1994.  Learn more about PATH via this podcast.

Texas

Kids in a New Groove’s (KING) mission is to provide Central Texas children living in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through free, weekly, private music instruction. Since 2009, KING has empowered over 600 youth with music mentorship.  Learn more about KING

Utah

The Van Noy Valor Foundation was founded by Super Bowl Champion and New England Patriots star Kyle Van Noy, and his wife Marissa, a former Miss Utah USA. The Van Noys are deeply committed to improving the lives of foster children. The couple created the Valor Foundation to encourage personal valor in the lives of adopted children, those in foster care, and disadvantaged youth by armoring them with success through resources, mentors and opportunities. For more information visit https://www.vannoyvalorfoundation.org

Youth Today

This website devoted to child welfare needs offers several articles relating to foster care.

Statistics by State

High-quality data can provide public officials and advocates with crucial details about the populations they serve. State-level data for understanding child welfare in the United States is a comprehensive resource, including easy-to-use interactive features, that provides state and national data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregiving, and adoption. This resource compiles critical data from a variety of sources on children, youth, and families who came in contact with the child welfare system – view the data tool here