We provide a safe and supportive environment for youth groups and also provide individual services to youth aging out of foster care and for those who have already aged out.
Please contact Deb Kelleher if you would be interested in hosting or attending an alumni meeting in your local area. We are working on forming groups in Hartford, and New Haven and would be open to adding other towns if the interest is strong enough.
Employment and Educational Opportunity Fund: Through a generous grant from the Melville Charitable Trust we provide support in the form of small one-time grants to former foster youth in the area of education and job acquisition.
Foster Club – the national network for young people in foster care.
Foster Care Alumni of America – For young adults ages 18 and over who have been in foster care. Stories of former foster youth and information on how to start a support group for former foster youth, as well as information on transforming government policy affecting youth in care.
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute – Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI) is a highly sought-after congressional internship for young adults who spent time in the foster care system. Almost every year, a Connecticut youth is chosen to participate. Click here to learn more.
National Foster Youth Institute: “NFYI matches foster youth with mentors and provides job readiness training, job shadowing opportunities, and internships in industries within their individual areas of career interest. Additionally, NFYI is working with policymakers to build an education-to-career pipeline for current and former foster youth.”
True Colors: a Connecticut non-profit organization that works with directly with youth, other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met.