Heal. Develop. Thrive.

Transforming the child welfare system to center lived experience

Lived
Experience

Shifting the dynamic so that those touched by child welfare have the power to reimagine the system.

The Center for Lived Experience

Current and former foster youth, biological families, kinship, and foster families are integrated into every step and every decision.

NYT Feature: Away From Home

CEO Sixto Cancel shares the Think of Us vision for a world without institutions in foster care.

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Systems
Change

Driving lasting change in policy, practice, resource flows, mental modes, power dynamics, and relationships.

Lived
Experience

Shifting the dynamic so that those touched by child welfare have the power to reimagine the system.

The Center for Lived Experience

Current and former foster youth, biological families, kinship, and foster families are integrated into every step and every decision.

NYT Feature: Away From Home

CEO Sixto Cancel shares the Think of Us vision for a world without institutions in foster care.

"I Will Never Forget That I Could Have Lived With People Who Loved Me"

Sixto Cancel shares his experience in foster care and calls on policymakers to listen to what people with lived experience in child welfare say needs to change.

Visit the Away From Home page to learn why we believe institutional placements in foster care should be eliminated.

Systems
Change

Driving lasting change in policy, practice, resource flows, mental modes, power dynamics and relationships.

Total Transformation

Every person impacted by foster care needs the conditions to Heal, Develop, and Thrive. We’re working to make that a reality.

400,000+

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

873,987

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 ***

$7.6 billion

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

Think of Us operates as a Research and Development lab for child welfare.

We're working to build a system where the millions of people impacted by foster care
have the conditions they need to Heal, Develop, and Thrive.

Spark

Catalyzing work that centers lived experience

Support

Partnering with key stakeholders to drive change

CoDrive

Our flagship projects

400,000+

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

873,987

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

20,000+

age out each year

$7.6 billion

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