FOCUS

Foster Futures Membership Program:
Foster Youth Achieving Independence & Well-being

FOCUS is a community-based membership program that connects transition-aged youth to resources, peers, and community members with the goal of success and independence!

Young people who have left the foster care system without family and other supports need to know how they will survive and flourish. Each young person is an important part of their peer community. They are also supported by volunteers who will connect them to resources and can also offer coaching as they navigate young adulthood. This program can be long-term, up to three or more years.

Become a FOCUS member and enjoy the benefits of community-building, resources, education, and coaching programs!

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Accelerate your plans

If you are 18-26 years old and have been in the foster care system, FOCUS is here to support you in the ways that best meet YOUR needs. 

Sergio, A FOCUS young adult

Sergio powerfully shares what mentors through FOCUS mean to him. He talks with hope of how his life has changed and how, through their support, he is taking control of his life. As Sergio so heart fully shares, “I am the future."

Being a Mentor: One family's journey

Sarah and Dave share the story of what a mentor is and means to both their FOCUS young adult and to them. The gift that this opportunity provides for all involved touches everyone's life. We hope you will take a moment to watch this video and consider being a mentor.

Donate a vehicle to a young adult

We gladly accept donations of vehicles. We kindly request that all vehicles be in sound and safe condition. Please call our office if you are interested in donating a vehicle. We also are interested in other gifts, ideas, and resources that help children and young adults.

"I've learned that what I have to say about my own life matters to others. I know how to ask for help and support, and I have the ability to give others the support they need to succeed."

- Devonne McLaughlin

Each year, 24,000 young adults age out of the child welfare system without permanent families or strong community connections.

The consequences can be dire.

0%

are homeless within a year
Only

0%

graduate from college
Almost

0%

are unemployed

Young people deserve better.

Our FOCUS mentorship program is an innovative solution to the lack of connection felt by young people aging out of foster care.

Would you like to to become a FOCUS member?

Would you like to learn more about becoming a FOCUS mentor or volunteer?

A mentor will help youth with supports, resources, and meeting challenges that come up in a young person’s life. Learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of a young person aging out of foster care! We are always seeking volunteers who can help young adults with basic needs, provide expertise through education, and just be a listening ear. We are also seeking young volunteers who can help young people navigate life and education, and provide other guidance and friendship. 

FOCUS volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, and pass a background check.

“Youth can do a lot of really powerful and important things. We just need people to believe in us.”

- FOCUS Participant

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Do you have special expertise to share?

We rely on individuals and organizations who are interested in providing valuable resources and expertise to our FOCUS youth. Young adults will benefit greatly from your knowledge in areas such as:

  • financial fitness
  • job search readiness
  • navigating housing
  • transportation
  • health care
  • and more!

Short-term and long-term opportunities are available. Get in touch with us to learn more about how you can provide expertise, resources or basic needs to participants in the FOCUS program

FOCUS volunteers must be 25 years of age or older, and pass a background check.

Donate to FOCUS!