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2022: A Year in Review

Lived experience matters.

Untapped wisdom comes from asking people what they need. All solutions must start there.

When we center lived experience, the conversation changes.

Our Away From Home report surfaces unprecedented data that reveals widespread negligence and abuse in group homes.

We’re working to transform the nation’s child welfare system and improve outcomes for the millions of children and families it impacts each year. Led and guided by people with lived experience, we partner with leaders and practitioners across the country to create and implement disruptive, scalable solutions and policy reforms.

Our work and impact

Away From Home

An in-depth report on the experiences and perspectives of young people who have recently lived in institutional placements in foster care.


Virtual Support Services

Virtual support to bridge the gap between the needs of foster youth and families and community resources.


The latest from Think of Us

December 20, 2022

A Close Look at the AFCARS Report

Steven Olender

This week, Think of Us is looking closely at the data in the newly released AFCARS Report #29, which reflects data on children in care in Federal Fiscal Year 2021 (October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021). 

December 15, 2022

Away From Home Study Shifts National Conversation

Sonali Patel, MBA, MSW

Our report accelerates momentum for the national movement to end the need for group home placements for foster youth

December 10, 2022

Changing the Conversation

Sean Harding

We’re shifting mental models about what’s working and what’s possible in child welfare.