Foster Care Alumni of America
Kin Prop up Illinois’ Foster Care System, With Limited Support
When a series of family crises left her 3-year-old niece in need of a permanent home, April Funches opened her doors. Although the move was in the works for months, the little girl arrived lacking enough clothes and other necessities, which meant Funches’ budget took an immediate hit.
Former Foster Youth Hold FosterWalks to Raise Awareness, Money
A national group representing youth who have experienced the foster care system is conducting a slate of fundraising walks this summer to raise money for youth empowerment activities. The “FosterWalks,” first held in 2014 and now in their fifth year, are part of a national campaign by Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA) to build awareness of the needs and strengths of the foster care community, and to raise funds to support the organization’s vision to connect, empower and transform the lives of those in and from foster care.
Former Foster Youth Share Findings of Survey on Preventing Removals from Families
In early February, the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council hosted a webinar on its most recent policy focus on preventing unnecessary removal of children from their families. Three former foster youth – Dani Townsend, David Hall and Nico’Lee Biddle – presented the group’s findings from their survey on the subject and recommendations that will be shared with federal stakeholders.