What We Do

iFoster’s mission is to ensure that every child growing up outside of their biological home has the resources and opportunities they need to become successful, independent adults. To do this we’ve created solutions driving collaboration and efficiencies across the child welfare system, and engaging the community outside of child welfare to support our nation’s most vulnerable children.

  • Building the largest and most inclusive online community of young people, caregivers, and organizations in foster care > 60,000 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam.
  • Collaborating with > 350 corporations, government agencies, and community organizations to provide foster youth the educational, employment, health, and daily living products, services and opportunities they need.
  • Improving the lives of foster youth each year by delivering > $125 million of new resources into the system annually.
  • Launching evidence and trauma-informed programs to prepare youth for independence – all evaluated for replication and adoption by the foster care system.
  • Collaborating with > 4,000 child welfare agencies to identify and ensure every child and youth has access to the resources and opportunities they need to be successful.

Our Building Blocks to Self-Sufficiency

My iFoster Resource Portal

One stop shop for the resources, how to knowledge, and skills development that every foster youth needs to become successful, independent adults and reach their full potential.

  • 60,000 members.
  • $125 million in resources consumed by youth in care and their families each year, and former foster youth each year.
  • Third party evaluation for Administration for Children and Family Services has shown that using the resource portal: decreases family needs, improves child and caregiver well-being, and improves placement stability.
  • USC study shows that in combination with iFoster Tech, transition-age youth improve their grades, increase their applications to college and employment, improve life-satisfaction and decrease depression and suicidality.
iFoster Tech

The #1 foster youth need nationwide is access to technology. Less than 20% of foster youth have regular access to a computer and the Internet. The majority of transition-age youth can’t afford a monthly phone bill to stay connected.

  • Ground-breaking Federal Lifeline pilot program to provide 33,000 CA foster youth with free smartphones with free, unlimited voice, text, and data; replicated program in NYC.
  • Thousands of laptops provided annually to college and college-bound foster youth nationwide.
  • During COVID-19 pandemic, provided over 16,000 CA foster youth students in K-12 and college with a computer and Internet connection.
  • USC study shows that in combination with My iFoster Resource Portal, transition-age youth improve their grades, increase their applications to college and employment, improve life-satisfaction and decrease depression and suicidality.
iFoster Jobs Program

Award-winning training, internship and employment placement program for transition-age foster youth to ensure they can be financially independent when they leave care.

  • Evidence and trauma-informed curriculum that covers the hard and soft skills employers want.
  • Over 750 foster youth have earned permanent employment in 4 years.
  • Double the retention rate of retail and customer service industries.
  • Over 45 national and regional employer partners, including Fortune 500 employers.
  • Evaluated by the Administration for Children and Family Services as a promising practice for foster youth employment.


iFoster Jobs Program: TAY AmeriCorps

Innovative AmeriCorps service program where foster youth are trained and serve as peer navigators and mentors.

  • Stepping-stone for transition-age foster youth, giving them a chance to build public and health service careers.
  • TAY AmeriCorps members have served over 20,000 TAY in California in the first two years.
  • 100% of foster youth served felt better supported and 88% became more knowledgeable about resources.
  • 88% of Members report learning skills that will help advance their career path.
  • Honored as Best New AmeriCorps program nationwide 2019.

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