Envisioning a world that offers every person the conditions they need to

heal, develop, and thrive.

Our foster care system is failing youth & families


Nominate a Champion of Lived Experience

We are a research & design lab for foster care, driving equitable systems change so that the youth and families most impacted by foster care have the greatest power and opportunity to reshape it.


youth in foster care in a given year -
in 2020, 425,000 youth


youth ages 14-26 who have spent at
least one day in the child welfare system

4.4 million

referrals for child abuse and neglect for
7.9 million children


age out each year

$7.6 billion

cost to society per annual cohort
of youth aging out of foster care

Last year was our most impactful yet.

A deeper dive into the how and why of our work

January 14, 2022

Care Not Cages: Invest in Families and Communities

Bobbi Taylor

The Problem of Institutionalizing Youth is Bigger than Foster Care

January 14, 2022

We Did the Impossible: the Check for Us Initiative

Natalie Bergstrasser

How Think of Us demonstrated a new approach to streamlining government support.

November 23, 2021

COVID Relief for Thousands of Foster Youth Has Expired. Will Lawmakers Renew It?

Natalie Bergstrasser

The continuing conversation around how to support foster youth through the pandemic.