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heal, develop, and thrive.

Our foster care system is failing youth & families


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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.

News and views.

August 16, 2022

Think of Us Names Former Senior Federal Official as New Vice President of Strategic Project

We have exciting news to Share! Sonali Patel, has joined the leadership bench at Think Of Us as the new Vice President of Strategic Projects.

Press Release
July 27, 2022

Think of Us Calls for Reform, Increased Transparency

Think of Us

Statement on Senate Investigation of Maltreatment at Youth Residential Treatment Facilities

Centre for Lived Experience
June 2, 2022

Our Lived Experience Network in Action

Jen Zug

The Think of Us Lived Experience Network helped inform USA Today articles on failed adoptions.