Pritzker Foster Care Initiative


Paid Mentors, Big Plans: Terri Sorensen on Friends of the Children’s Growth Strategy

The Portland-based mentoring nonprofit Friends of the Children (FOTC) is embarking on an ambitious expansion this year, adding five new locations to its current roster of 11 cities. FOTC pairs vulnerable children — such as foster youth, children of teen parents — with a trained, paid Friends employee for 12 years.


The RAND Approach to Child Welfare: Cutting Cost, Improving Outcomes

This week, the RAND Corporation issued a report describing how federal child welfare policy could be changed to improve outcomes for children and youth while saving $12.3 billion. To reach its conclusions, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based


#HackFosterCareLA Brings Tech Lens to Country’s Largest Foster Care System

This weekend, over 200 people gathered at Fullscreen Media in Playa Vista for #HackFosterCareLA – Los Angeles’ iteration of the hackathon events that have been taking place across the country since last May at the White House.


New York Child Welfare Leader Takes Up Obama Legacy, Foster Care Hackathons

In May, a couple hundred technologists, child welfare experts and foster youth gathered on the grounds of the White House for the first foster care hackathon to reach such national prominence.


White House Foster Care Hackathon Kicks off with Commitments

On May 26, around 150 child welfare professionals, former foster youth technologists, philanthropists and various technocrats filed into a windowless auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, just adjacent to the White House.


The Former Foster Youth Behind the White House’s Foster Care Hackathon

Sixto Cancel spent the entirety of his childhood in foster care. The bureaucracy and inflexibility of a system designed to protect him instead wreaked havoc on his life and those of his 10 siblings.


    New Data on Barriers Faced by Calif. Foster Youth in College

    A new report from the California College Pathways hopes to use data to better illustrate some of the barriers in higher education faced by foster youth. The goal of this analysis is to spur policies, programs and practices that would help more youth achieve success in college.


    Los Angeles County Creates Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to create a philanthropy liaison within the recently formed Office of Child Protection called the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships. The recommendation to create the center came from a group of philanthropists–the Foster Care Funders Collaborative–led by Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), a regional association representing over 200 grantmakers.

    A still from the Focus on the Families launch video


    Foster Care: There’s an App for That

    “Community” is not a word typically used to describe the outcomes of today’s technology-obsessed world. Despite new forms of communication, hours spent staring at screen are generally not conducive to forming bonds with one’s neighbor.