Improve the lives of America's most vulnerable children

Help Foster America build a pipeline of leaders and innovators who will transform the child welfare system

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At least one in eight children in America is abused or neglected by the time she turns 18. When this happens, the U.S. child welfare system—a network of federal, state, local, and nonprofit agencies—provides services to keep children safe in their homes, and in the worst cases, places children in foster care. But across all key measures, the child welfare system is failing our most vulnerable kids.

Among older youth leaving foster care, only half graduate from high school, one-third experience homelessness, and four out of five young men are arrested.

Foster America has developed a fellowship program to build a pipeline of extraordinary leaders with the diverse skills needed to improve the lives of kids and families in the child welfare system. We recruit and prepare talented professionals from business, technology, health, and education backgrounds for high-impact roles at child welfare agencies. In the short run, Foster America fellows lead reform projects, leveraging their professional expertise to develop new approaches to major child welfare challenges. In the long run, Foster America's goal is to build a national movement of fellowship alumni who will move on to higher levels of child welfare leadership and help transform the child welfare system.



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