800,000+ former foster youth ages 18-26 disconnected from their state child welfare system
Ensuring that former foster youth have access to the COVID-19 relief funds designated for them.
Congress released over $400M in emergency funds directly for current and former foster youth in response to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the resources exist, the majority of states have no contact with foster youth who are no longer officially in the system, leaving these individuals without resources, wasting both the time and money spent on the work while also setting a dangerous precedent that this population is not reachable.
Think of Us launched Check for Us, a national outreach campaign to find and connect former foster youth ages 18-26 with their state before the September 2021 deadline.