Foster America

Foster America is a nonprofit startup that aims to improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children: youth in foster care and other children who have been abused, neglected or orphaned. We recruit talented professionals who bring skills and perspectives from other sectors that child welfare agencies need to innovate and evolve: data and technology, design and marketing, finance, and strategy and operations. We give these professionals the training and tools they need to succeed as 18-month, full-time fellows in child welfare agencies across the country. In the short term, fellows lead local reform projects that require their specialized skills to make a measurable impact. In the longer term, we will help to scale the innovations fellows develop and build a movement of fellowship alumni who will help transform the child welfare system. Within three years, we will recruit over 100 new leaders to the field. To date, Foster America has launched three cohorts of fellows, who are presently serving in 20 different agencies across the country.