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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.

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.

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Impact
January 14, 2022

Care Not Cages: Invest in Families and Communities

Bobbi Taylor

The Problem of Institutionalizing Youth is Bigger than Foster Care

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News
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.

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Policy & Practice
November 22, 2021

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

Mark Nickell, Guest Author

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

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

Sarah Sullivan

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

Foster Youth Need Love and Support, Not Institutionalization.

Guest Author Jacqueline McKnight

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

Healing, Preparing, and Supporting Youth in Foster Care.

Sarah Sullivan

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

Focus Must Stay On The Child When Providing Care.

Guest Author, Vannessa Dorantes

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

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

Sixto Cancel

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.