News

Think of Us takes on strategic projects to Spark, Support, or CoDrive research and development designed to be catalytic, disrupting existing norms in the child welfare system so that lived experience is at the center.

August 16, 2022

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

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.

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Blog
September 9, 2022
Sarah Fathallah

Trauma Responsiveness in Participatory Research

Research can be a site of harm and trauma for both participants and researchers. How can we be trauma-responsive in our research practices?

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Blog
April 23, 2022
Steven Olender

The Facts: Foster Care Reform & President Biden’s Budget

A breakdown of the proposed budget and what it means for you.

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Centre for Lived Experience
June 2, 2022
Jen Zug

Our Lived Experience Network in Action

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

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Impact
January 14, 2022
Bobbi Taylor

Care Not Cages: Invest in Families and Communities

The Problem of Institutionalizing Youth is Bigger than Foster Care

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Impact
January 14, 2022
Natalie Bergstrasser

We Did the Impossible: the Check for Us Initiative

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

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News
November 23, 2021
Natalie Bergstrasser

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

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

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Policy & Practice
November 22, 2021
Mark Nickell, Guest Author

It’s Time for Our Wake Up Call: We Need Youth-Driven Care in the Child Welfare System

We have a responsibility to listen to youth, hear their voices and help them make their voices heard.

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News
November 2, 2021
Sarah Sullivan

An Evening of Lived Experience on the Harms of Institutionalizing Youth.

Think of Us, Paris Hilton, and Breaking Code Silence hosted an event featuring leaders of different movements that share a common goal: ending unnecessary youth institutionalization.

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Policy & Practice
October 18, 2021
Guest Author Jacqueline McKnight

Foster Youth Need Love and Support, Not Institutionalization.

When I first read the Away From Home report, I felt my current mission with North Carolina’s youth take on new dimensions; I felt my sense of urgency be redefined.

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Policy & Practice
September 1, 2021
Sarah Sullivan

Healing, Preparing, and Supporting Youth in Foster Care.

Aged Out Report - Across the country, far too many young people age out of foster care into appalling circumstances.

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News
August 27, 2021
Guest Author, Vannessa Dorantes

Focus Must Stay On The Child When Providing Care.

The goal for children who need therapeutic care should be to support them through timely permanency in foster care or kinship placements...

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News
July 21, 2021
Sixto Cancel

We See You, We Hear You, And Your Feelings Are Valid.

Think Of Us launches 'Away From Home Youth Experiences of Institutional Placements in Foster Care'

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Think of Us operates as a Research and Development Lab for child welfare, transforming the system so that people with Lived Experience are at the center of designing, imagining, and building.