Human Services

FosterClub

  • Seaside, OR
  • http://www.fosterclub.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers.

As the national network for young people in foster care, we believe that they deserve to be:

CONNECTED to a peer support network and to people in the community who care

EDUCATED about their rights, how the foster care system works, self-advocacy strategies, and how to locate resources to help them succeed

INSPIRED and empowered through the stories of people who have succeeded after foster care

REPRESENTED by having their voices heard by policy makers, the public, and others who influence the system that profoundly impacts their lives

Our vision is for every young person who experiences foster care to have what they need to thrive.

Main Programs

  1. Websites
  2. Young Leaders
  3. Training and Education
  4. Foster Parent Online Training
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

FosterClub serves young people in foster care across the United States

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2000

Self-reported

Celeste Bodner

Keywords

Self-reported

foster youth, foster parent, foster care, fosterchild, independent living, foster parenting

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Also Known As

Foster Club

EIN

93-1287234

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Foster Care (P32)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care.

Every 2 minutes, a child’s life changes as they enter the foster care system. There are more than 513,000 young people living in foster care across the country, and FosterClub is their club. Founded in 1999 by a foster parent who saw a void in the system, Fosterclub was created as a place to turn to for advice, information and hope.

 

On www.fosterclub.com, kids and youth transitioning from care are asking questions and getting answers.   Our primary communication vehicle, our site is a hub of information relating to foster care, including articles, message boards, contests and stories. It’s a resource available to youth 24/7. In addition we are areas geared specifically to supportive adults. From foster parents to caseworkers, adults will find a variety of resources that educate and inspire productive ways to work and communicate with foster youth.

Our publications inform, empower and provide youth tools for success.  Our unique offering of books, toolkits and posters are developed specifically for and written in collaboration with foster youth.

 

Our trainings and events are held across the country and feature the FosterClub All-Stars, a dynamic group of foster care alumni. Teaching through their life experiences, the All-Stars facilitate successful and are often life-changing experience for the participants.

 

Designed to engage and inspire, our outreach tools give child welfare professionals an edge in effectively communicating with youth in a media-saturated world.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Websites

On www.fosterclub.com young people in foster care are asking question and finding answers.  The organization's primary communication vehicle, the website serves as a hub of informaton relating to foster care, including articles, message boards, contests and stories. It's a resource avaialble to youth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Crime/Abuse Victims

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Young Leaders

Young people with first-hand knowledge of the system are the foundation of FosterClub. Our programs provide opportunities for resilient young people -- who are determined to be successful -- improve the odds for others coming up through the system, and provide a youth voice to help change the face of foster care.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

Program 3

Training and Education

FosterClub's training events are held across the country and feature  the FosterClub All-Stars, a dynamic group of foster care alumni. Teaching through their life experiences, the All-Stars serve as peer educators and role models to other foster kids. They also train child welfare profesionals and caregivers by sharing their first-hand youth perspective.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

Program 4

Foster Parent Online Training

Youth perspective curriculum for foster parents.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

FosterClub serves young people in foster care across the United States

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

FosterClub is in need of funding for its annual All-Star Internship Program.The FosterClub All-Star program was founded on the belief that youth who have successfully transitioned from foster care to responsible young adulthood are best suited to impact the transition of their younger peers.  For the past several years FosterClub has been providing a way for young leaders to reach out to other youth through conferences, trainings and events. This year, 12 young people from the foster care system will be chosen as FosterClub All-Stars. They will be provided with intensive leadership and public speaking training, and then sent to teen conferences and foster care-related events across the country. In addition to motivating, educating  and empowering foster youth across America, the FosterClub All-Star’s will raise awareness about the 530,000 children in foster care and specifically the 24,000 youth who transition from foster care every year, mostly without the support of a permanent and stable family.

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FosterClub Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Celeste Bodner

BIO

Celeste Bodner is the head honcho at FosterClub. Founder and Chief Executive Director, Bodner started FosterClub in 1999 on the principle that self-advocacy, access to information and youth involvement are keys to well-being and resilience in care. Before then, she ran a small communications agency in Portland, Oregon working with the likes of Nike, Pottery Barn and Centex Homes. Foster care has always a part of Bodner's life. At five years old, her family fostered six siblings who lost their parents. At 26 years old, Celeste and her husband became foster parents to 10 and 12 year old boys. The experience of entering foster care - them as foster parents, Gary and Terry as youth - sowed the seeds for FosterClub.

Accolades
- Named "Woman Working Wonders" by MORE Magazine and First Lady Michelle Obama's Staff, July/August 2015
- Selected as Senator Wyden's 2015 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angels in Adoption™ honoree

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nicole Dobbins

Casey Family Programs, 2005 FosterClub All-Star; Former FosterClub Staff

Term: 2011 -

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