Our Mission:

“The mission of the Beyond Foster Care Campaign is to impact policy that will improve the outcomes for former foster youth”.

Beyond Foster Care has a three-fold approach to accomplish its mission:

  • Educate those who work with current or former foster youth on the importance of having continued care beyond the age of 21.

  •  Advocate for policies to increase statewide resources.

  •  Empower youth to take a proactive stance on the issues, which impact their life by using their personal experiences to inform best practices and policy.

Community Building and Organizing

This component of BFC seeks to create a safe and nurturing environment for members to build a positive support system amongst their peers. The goal is to encourage meaningful connections.

Research

In response to the limited amount of data on youth aging out of foster care, Beyond Foster Care has partnered with the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA to launch a research study that examines the educational, employment, and housing needs of former foster youth beyond the age of 21 .This report will inform the policy initiative of BFC and will drive our legislative efforts. The data will be used to inform policy and program development. 

Advocacy

Our advocacy efforts focus on improving the outcomes of former foster youth by analyzing the effectiveness of current age-out policies. 

We advocate for policies that remove barriers and provide adequate supportive services for youth who are committed to improving their lives.

We raise awareness on the issues that former foster youth face by giving youth a platform to share their personal experiences with local and state-wide policy makers, child welfare organizations, educational institutions, and community-based organizations.

Leadership Development

This aspect of Beyond Foster Care aims to equip former foster youth to assume leadership roles and be effective advocates. 

We provide opportunities for personal development by cultivating a safe, nurturing and encouraging atmosphere where youth can build community and take action on the issues that impact their lives. 

 To learn more about why we advocate for former foster youth, visit our Facts & Stats page.