Foster Care Organizations
Series: Related Organizations Lists
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
Organizations that provide information on foster care and/or are dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth currently in the foster care system. If you are aware of any others, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov. Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
ABA Center on Children and the Law
1050 Connecticut Ave. N.W
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Phone: (202) 662-1000
Fax: (202) 662-1755
Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 547-6600
Fax: (410) 547-6624
The Annie E. Casey Foundation works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.
Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children
1101 Wilson Blvd
American Public Human Services Association
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone: (202) 682-0100
Fax: (202) 289-6555
The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children is a uniform State law establishing a contract among party States to ensure that children placed across state lines receive adequate protection and services. The primary function of the ICPC is to protect the interests of both the children and the States by requiring that certain procedures be followed in the interstate placement of children who are being adopted, placed with relatives, or going into residential care or foster family homes.
14100 Crawford Street
Boys Town, Nebraska 68010
Phone: (402) 498-1300
Toll-Free: (800) 448-3000
Fax: (402) 498-1348
Boys Town provides a continuum of care for children and families. Boys Town works to reunite children with their families, find foster homes for others, provide a Boys Town family for those with nowhere else to turn, and help families remain together.
Casey Family Programs
1123 23rd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122-4821
Toll-Free: (800) 496-2230
Casey Family Programs works in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two territories and with more than a dozen tribal nations to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families, and the communities where they live. Founded in 1966, they learn from and collaborate with communities at local, state, tribal, and national levels to nurture the safety and success of children.
Center for Child and Family Programs
500 E. Washington St
University Center for the Child and Family
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Phone: (734) 764-9466
Fax: (734) 764-8128
The Center for Child and Family Programs (CCFP)has replaced the former National Foster Care Resource Center.
The goals of the CCFP are to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and families and to shape local, State, and national policies by working with public and private agencies to conduct research, demonstrate new models of service, develop training curricula and provide T/TA, conduct program evaluations, and develop policy recommendations.
Center for Social Services Research
120 Haviland Hall
University of California at Berkeley/School of Social Welfare
Berkeley, California 94720-7400
Phone: (510) 642-4341
The Center for Social Services Research (CSSR) conducts research, policy analysis and program planning, and evaluation directed toward improving the public social services.
Chapin Hall Center for Children
1313 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 256-5100
Fax: (773) 753-5940
Chapin Hall is a research and development center focusing on policies, practices, and programs affecting children and the families and communities in which they live. The Center devotes special attention to children facing significant problems such as abuse or neglect, poverty, and mental or physical illnesses, and to the service systems designed to address these problems.
7315 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (240) 223-9200
Fax: (240) 200-1238
Child Trends is a research organization dedicated to studying children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analyses. Among the major areas of research and evaluation are the effects of welfare and poverty on children; issues related to parenting, family structure and fatherhood; and major indicators of children's health and well-being.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
330 C Street, S.W
Washington, District of Columbia 20201
Toll-Free: (800) 394-3366
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and the general public to information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.
A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to programs, research, laws and policies, training resources, statistics, and much more.
Child Welfare League of America
727 15th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Phone: (202) 688-4200
Fax: (202) 833-1689
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the oldest national organization serving vulnerable children, youth, and their families. CWLA provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to child welfare professionals and agencies while also educating the public on emerging issues that affect abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Through its publications, conferences, and teleconferences, CWLA shares information on emerging trends, specific topics in child welfare practice (family foster care, kinship care, adoption, positive youth development), and Federal and State policies.
Children and Family Research Center
1010 W Nevada
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 333-5837
Toll-Free: (800) 638-3877
Fax: (217) 333-7629
The Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) is dedicated to supporting and conducting research that contributes to keeping children safe, assuring permanent homes for children, and supporting child and family well-being.
The CFRC is an independent research organization created at the School of Social Work by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20201
The Children's Bureau, the oldest Federal agency for children and families, is located within the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. The Bureau is responsible for assisting States in the delivery of child welfare services designed to protect children and to strengthen families. The Bureau provides grants to States, Tribes, and communities to operate a range of child welfare services including child protective services, family preservation and support, foster care, adoption, and independent living.
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
311 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002
Phone: (202) 544-8500
Fax: (202) 544-8501
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the foster children in this country and the orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes; and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic need of a family.
Family and Youth Law Center (FYLaw)
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 236-6730
Fax: (614) 236-6958
The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School (FYLaw) works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. Established in 1998 as the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy, FYLaw partners with local, State, and national agencies and organizations in collaborations aimed at improving the laws, policies, and practices associated with child protection, adoption, and juvenile justice systems. Over the past few years, FYLaw has expanded the services it provides beyond advocacy, training, and education to include direct representation of systems-involved youth. FYLaw launched the Foster Youth Advocacy Center (FYAC) to provide civil legal services to young adults transitioning out of the child welfare system and families at risk of systems involvement.
Family Focused Treatment Association
294 Union Street
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601-4303
Phone: (201) 343-2246
Toll-Free: (800) 414-3382
Fax: (201) 489-4593
The Foster Family-Based Treatment Association is a membership organization committed to enhancing the lives of children and their families by strengthening family-based organizations. Treatment foster care is a model of care that provides children with a combination of traditional foster care and residential treatment centers, with the treatment occuring within the foster family home.
Foster Care Alumni of America
5810 Kingstowne Center Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22315
Phone: (918) 862-2586
Toll-Free: (888) ALU-MNI0
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.
Foster Care to Success
23811 Chagrin Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44122
Phone: (571) 203-0270
Fax: (855) 773-8299
Foster Care to Success' mission is to provide opportunities for America's foster youth to continue their education, to increase awareness of the number and plight of older teens leaving the maze of foster care, to highlight the potential of America's foster youth and the importance of supporting their dreams, and to offer direct opportunities for citizens, business, and civic organizations to assist older foster youth.
Foster Care to Success was formerly the Orphan Foundation of America.
620 S Holladay
Seaside, Oregon 97138
Phone: (503) 717-1552
Fax: (503) 717-1702
FosterClub provides encouragement, motivation, information, education, and benefits for foster youth. The website provides information relating to foster care including articles, questions and answers (q+a), message boards, contests, discussion of foster care topics, and biographies of famous people who grew up in care.
The FosterClub website also includes information for two specific groups:
FosteringConnections Resource Center
National CASA Association
100 West Harrison Street
North Tower, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98119
Phone: (202) 572-6000
TTY: (800) 628-3233
The Fostering Connections Resource Center was established to provide data, online tools, State-specific and Tribal policy information on implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success Act, and contact individuals for each State and Tribes.
The Fostering Connections Resource Center is a coalition of foundations that have joined together to underwrite the costs of establishing the resource center. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Duke Endowment, Eckerd Family Foundation, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Sierra Health Foundation, Stuart Foundation and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation. Child Trends and The Finance Project are responsible for managing the center.
Freddie Mac Foundation
8250 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102
Phone: (703) 918-8888
Fax: (703) 918-8895
The Freddie Mac Foundation provides funds for various nonprofit organizations that work on behalf of children, youth, and families. The Foundation focuses on children and prevention-oriented programs. Typically, grants are awarded to programs that build strong families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and recruit foster and adoptive parents. Among the Foundation's major programs are Healthy Families America and Wednesday's Child USA, a campaign to promote adoptions.
Healthy Foster Care America
345 Park Boulevard
c/o American Academy of Pediatrics
Itasca, Illinois 60143
Toll-Free: (800) 433-9016
Fax: (847) 434-8000
Healthy Foster Care America (HFCA), an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its partners, provides a website that utilizes the expertise of a large, multidisciplinary coalition to improve the health and well-being outcomes of children and teens in foster care.
HFCA addresses a wide range of health issues and needs of children and youth in foster care, provides resources on health systems of care, and makes available a Resource Library that links to other resources related to the health and well-being of children and youth in foster care.
Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities
203 Boone Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Phone: (734) 487- 0372
Fax: (734) 487 - 0284
The Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities, at Eastern Michigan University, explores contemporary issues and enriches family and community life through the application of scholarly research and practical expertise, innovative projects and leadership in collaborative problem-solving efforts.
The Institute operates through four Centers, including the Center for Child and Family Programs (CCFP). The CCFP has replaced the National Foster Care Resource Center at the Institute. While the CCFP maintains a strong commitment to child welfare and foster care, it has broadened its focus to reflect diverse community needs as well as children and youth in crisis.
Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs
The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs supports a number of efforts to build the skills and resources of youth aged 16-24.
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
701 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 547-6600
Fax: (410) 547.6624
The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is a national foundation whose mission is to help youth in foster care make successful transitions to adulthood.
Formed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs, the Initiative brings together the people and resources needed to help youth make the connections they need to education, employment, health care, housing, and supportive personal and community relationships.
As a grant-making foundation, the Initiative supports successful community-based efforts that create opportunities and build assets for youth leaving foster care through grants, technical assistance, and coalition building with multiple stakeholders. Grants are made to qualified nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies by invitation only.
KidsPeace Corporate Headquarters
4085 Independence Drive
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania 18078-2574
Toll-Free: (800) 257-3223
KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities.
KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
100 West Harrison Street
North Tower, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98119
Phone: (206) 774-7250
Toll-Free: (800) 628-3233
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 933 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates empowered directly by the courts offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child's rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.
National Foster Care Coalition
605 North Carolina Avenue, SE, Unit #2
Washington, District of Columbia 20003
Phone: (202) 280-2039
General Scope: The National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC) is a broadly based national, nonpartisan partnership of individuals, organizations, foundations, and associations dedicated to improving the lives of children currently in the foster care system and all of the others who have been, or will be, involved in the foster care system.
National Foster Parent Association
1102 Prairie Ridge Trail
Pflugerville, Texas 78660
Phone: (253) 683-4246
Toll-Free: (800) 557-5238
Fax: (888) 925-5634
General Scope: The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) is a nonprofit volunteer organization. The NFPA's purpose is to bring together foster parents, agency representatives, and people in the community to improve the foster care system.
NFPA promotes coordination, cooperation, and communication among foster parents, foster parent associations, child care agencies, and other child advocates in an effort to encourage the recruitment and retention of foster parents.
National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness
6925 Chabot Road
Seneca Administrative Offices and Headquarters
Oakland, California 94618
Phone: (510) 654-4004
Toll-Free: (877) 380-5300
Fax: (510) 317-1426
The mission of the Center for Family Finding is to support systemic changes that block children in out-of-home care from maintaining or reestablishing contact and relationships with those that love them.
The Family Finding model offers methods and strategies to locate and engage relatives of children living in out of home care. The goal of family finding is to provide each child with the life long connections that only a family can offer.Training Specific:
Information on family finding training and technical assistance support is available online at http://www.senecacenter.org/familyfinding/support.
One Simple Wish
1977 North Olden Avenue
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
Phone: (609) 883-8484
One Simple Wish was created with the mission of brightening the lives of thousands of foster children and vulnerable families each year. Wishes are submitted to One Simple Wish through its network of community partners - social service agencies and other nonprofits throughout the United States - that serve foster children and at-risk individuals and families. Please see the website for information on ways to help grant one simple wish.
Pew Charitable Trusts
2005 Market Street
One Commerce Square
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-7077
Phone: (215) 575-9050
Fax: (215) 575-4939
Fax: (202) 552-2299
The Pew Charitable Trusts' goal is to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life through partnering with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share the commitment to fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.
One of the areas of work for the Pew involves Children and Youth. The Pew supports initiatives, grounded in research and evidence, that aim to help children and youth become active, contributing members of society.
At the national level, Pew addresses issues that impact the lives of children, including foster care reform, home visiting, health and dental needs, and educational programs.
The May Fly Project
Phone: (501) 238-6611
The mission of the Mayfly Project is to support and build relationships with children in foster care through fly fishing and the introduction to local water ecosystems, with the hope that connecting children to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for fun activities, meaningful connections, and outdoor experiences.
The Mentor Network
The MENTOR Network is a national network of local health and human services providers in a number of States offering an array of quality, community-based services, including family preservation and therapeutic foster care and foster care for medically complex children.
242 W 38th St
New York, New York 10018
Phone: (212) 279-0708
Fax: (212) 279-8856
The mission of Youth Communication is to help teenagers, including foster youth, develop their skills in reading, writing, thinking, and reflection, so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives.
One of the major programs of Youth Communication is the publishing of the magazine, Represent
. Written by and for teens in foster care, Represent
provides them a voice to share personal experiences, to plan for their future, and to help them negotiate the present. For more information, see http://www.youthcomm.org/Publications/FCYU.htm
Youth Communication also supports smaller projects to address emerging needs of youth. Some of the projects include: Foster Care Transition to Adult Life, Gay Teens in Foster Care, and Awards for Youth in Foster Care. For additional information about these projects, see http://www.youthcomm.org/who_we_are/index.html
Youth Law Center
832 Folsom St
San Francisco, California 94107
Phone: (415) 543-3379
Fax: (415) 956-9022
The Youth Law Center works to protect children in the nation's foster care and juvenile justice systems from abuse and neglect, and to ensure that they receive the necessary support and services to become healthy and productive adults.
The Center's efforts have focused on strengthening families and advocating for education, medical and mental health, legal support, and transition services needed to assure children's success in care and in the community.