Foster Care Counts is comprised of dedicated volunteers who believe foster youth deserve more attention and support from our community than they have received. We aim to improve the lives of children and teens in foster care, those transitioning out of the foster system, as well as support families who offer their homes to foster youth. We develop our own programs as well as promote and provide funding and volunteer talent to the most promising programs in our community to amplify potential outcomes for our youth.
OUR PRIORITIES & PROGRAMS
Our Priority: Awareness and Community Building
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON,
Foster Care Counts aims to provide every foster youth in Los Angeles with a laptop computer. Our donors have helped to provide new laptops to over 2,000 foster youth in Los Angeles since we began raising funds in 2013.
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Foster Mother's Day
Every Mother’s Day, Foster Care Counts honors over 2,000 foster parents and their families with a day of delicious food, fun carnival games, entertainment, complimentary clothing boutique, and a beauty spa. We bring in many corporate sponsors and over 500 community volunteers to host our annual event. In May, 2018, we will host our 10th Annual Foster Mother’s Day! Special thanks to our hundreds of volunteers along with our community partners and sponsors for making each year a success. It is an honor to come together to let foster families know how much we care and appreciate all they do.
Peace4Kids Holiday Party
Peace4Kids holiday event has brought the foster care community together to celebrate all of the relationships that help our youth remember that they have the power to create their family. The holidays can be a difficult time for youth in foster care. During a time of year when most people are enjoying time with family, foster youth are reminded that they are separated from those who they love. Through a long-term commitment to youth in foster care Peace4Kids is making the holidays special with the support of its community of donors and volunteers.
Please join Foster Care Counts in creating a Magical Holiday Celebration for 300 foster and underserved youth at Willowbrook/Watts Boys and Girls Club. RSVP HERE
Foster Care Counts recently launched a new storefront which provides donated goods, from hygiene products to clothing to laptops, free of charge to transition age foster youth. The Emporium is a collaborative effort of Foster Care Counts, The Book Foundation, iFoster and Hope in a Suitcase. Foster Youth and groups serving transition age foster youth, are welcome to ‘shop’ by appointment at the Emporium. To schedule an appointment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foster Nation supports and empowers Foster Youth aging out of the system to become the Nation's future leaders. We believe in a world where success is not limited by life circumstances.
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We are a millennial-led Collective that hosts awesome events in LA to bring together the coolest people with the biggest hearts – from fitness events to music festivals! Sign up at www.fosternation.org to #JoinTheNation.
OUR PRIORITY: COLLEGE TO CAREER
Only 10% of foster youth make it to college and 3%, graduate. Foster Care Counts works with and supports Guardian Scholars programs on college campuses throughout California, which serve as a home away from home for college-bound students exiting the foster care system.
Guardian Scholars are on-campus support programs for current and former foster youth in college. These programs create community by offering professional and peer support as well as access to resources and services needed to succeed in college. Foster Care Counts partners with Guardian Scholars programs throughout California, devoting significant time, resources and energy to support students’ academic and personal needs.
In the Los Angeles area, we also offer special events and are working to implement “Guardian Scholar Supply Closets” where we will provide snacks, school supplies, and toiletries for students from foster care to access as needed on an ongoing basis. To learn more about the challenges faced by foster youth in college, click this helpful information from the Alliance for Children's Rights.
Goods for Grades
Throughout Southern California Guardian Scholars programs, we set up “mobile shopping boutiques” filled with new and gently used clothing and accessories generously donated by philanthropic corporations, organizations, and individuals. Between classes, students shop for professional and casual clothing in a comfortable on-campus boutique. Community volunteers donate their time to set up and run the boutiques, including working as personal shoppers to style foster youth with “dress-for-success” clothing they can wear to job interviews, work, or networking events.
College graduation is an enormous achievement, and Foster Care Counts aims to give every Guardian Scholar graduate a present to acknowledge and celebrate all that they haveaccomplished!
Foster Care Counts’ goal is to help every foster youth get the education and skills training they need to secure employment and achieve financial independence. Research shows that the one key ingredient to a foster youth’s success is the presence of a caring adult in their lives. For several years, we have been working with community partners to develop a mentorship program that will connect Guardian Scholars students to trained volunteer mentors who can advise them about the sort of issues that every college student faces when entering the job market. If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a coach to a foster youth, click here.
Our Priority: EMPOWERMENT THROUGH Technology
Research shows that access to technology and computer literacy are success factors that greatly contribute to foster youth completing college and successfully transitioning to adulthood.
One Laptop Per Foster Youth Program
In collaboration with Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and iFoster, Foster Care Counts has donated more than 2,000 laptops to college-bound foster youth since 2013. In addition, we’ve supplied computers to Los Angeles City College's Guardian Scholars program, Los Angeles Trade Tech College's Guardian Scholars Program, California Youth Connection and other nonprofits working with transition age foster youth.
Our grantmaking is supportive of all of our priorities
To non-profit organizations in the community helping foster youth*
Organizations receiving monetary support in 2012-2016 include:
- A Home Within
- Antelope Valley College Guardian Scholars
- The Book Foundation
- California Youth Connection
- Cal State Dominguez Hills Toro Guardian Scholars
- Cal State Los Angeles Guardian Scholars
- Cal State Northridge EOP Resilient Scholars
- CASA of Los Angeles
- Children’s Action Network
- Children’s Trust Fund
- El Camino College Guardian Scholars
- Give Something Bike
- Happy Trails for Kids
- Los Angeles City College Guardian Scholars
- Los Angeles Mission College Guardian Scholars
- Los Angeles Southwest City College Guardian Scholars
- Los Angeles Trade Technical College Guardian Scholars
- Los Angeles Valley College Guardian Scholars
- Moreno Valley College Guardian Scholars
- Pierce College Guardian Scholars
- The RightWay Foundation
- Riverside City College Guardian Scholars
- Shelter Partnership
- Spark of Love
- The Book Foundation
- Together We Rise
- UC Riverside Guardian Scholars
- West Los Angeles College Guardian Scholars
*Unsolicited grant requests are not accepted
Helped numerous community-based agencies with in-kind fundraising
Support and donations include:
- A Sense of Home
- Alliance for Children’s Rights
- California Youth Connection
- Children’s Bureau
- Child Welfare Initiative
- Foster Care To Success
- Fostering Media Connections
- Gateway Hospital and Mental Health Center
- Golden West Guardian Scholars
- Goods For Grades
- Hope In A Suitcase
- LA County DCFS Children’s Trust Fund
- LA County DCFS Children’s Welcome Center
- Lifeset (formerly Camellia Network)
- Orange Coast Guardian Scholars
- Santa Monica College Guardian Scholars
- Shields For Families
- Vista del Mar
- Venice Boys and Girls Club
- UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars
- UCLA TIES for Families
- UC Riverside Guardian Scholars
- United Friends of the Children
- Watts-Willowbrook Boys & Girl’s Club
- Westside Children’s Center