A fundamental part of reforming child welfare is shifting the mental models we each carry with us, the ideas and expectations that shape what we consider important, accept as normal, and believe to be possible. The current and former foster youth we work with have big dreams, bold ideas, and an urgent desire to improve the system to help others like themselves. We work to amplify their voices and share this urgency with leaders and change makers across the country.
National Town Hall: Priorities for Transition-Age Youth
Discover key initiatives from a virtual town hall supporting transition-age youth, and explore the influential read-out report shaping the Children's Bureau's work plan.
Op-Ed: Kinship Care Is the Superpower Right in Front of Us
I Will Never Forget That I Could Have Lived With People Who Loved Me
White House Proposed Budget Holds Unprecedented Focus on Foster Care
Biden's 2024 budget proposes $19B for child welfare, with investments in kinship care, family support, and transition-age youth, marking an unprecedented focus.
Think of Us Welcomes Edy Penn as Our First VP of People!
At Think of Us Edy will lead our People & Culture strategies and practices, helping us develop a culture of inclusion, equity, and impact.
Think of Us Names a leading Tech Executive as our new Chief Operating Officer!
We have exciting news to Share! Lenette Posada Howard has joined the leadership bench at Think Of Us as our first Chief Operating Officer!
An Ethic of Care for Research Participants as Trauma Survivors
Learn how to create a research environment that cares for trauma survivors with five steps
A Close Look at the AFCARS Report
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).
Away From Home Study Shifts National Conversation
Our report accelerates momentum for the national movement to end the need for group home placements for foster youth
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?
From Foster Care to Founder - Tanya talks to Sixto Cancel
Tanya talks to the CEO and Founder of Think of Us about his personal journey through foster care; redesigning the foster care system; and healing childhood wounds through “radical service.”
Fostering Hope, Driving Change - Think of Us & Sixto Cancel
Using technology to forge critical human connections may seem counter-intuitive, but the innovative and life-changing work Think of Us is driving in the US foster care system is doing exactly that!
Juvenile Law Center presents a conversation with Sixto Cancel and Dorothy Roberts
PBS News Hour - One former foster child's simple approach to fixing a broken system
Sixto Cancel, CEO & Founder,Think of Us | 2022 Concordia Annual Summit
Remarks: Sixto Cancel, CEO & Founder,Think of Us | 2022 Concordia Annual Summit
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.
The Facts: Foster Care Reform & President Biden’s Budget
A breakdown of the proposed budget and what it means for you.
Our Lived Experience Network in Action
The Think of Us Lived Experience Network helped inform USA Today articles on failed adoptions.
Care Not Cages: Invest in Families and Communities
The Problem of Institutionalizing Youth is Bigger than Foster Care
We Did the Impossible: the Check for Us Initiative
How Think of Us demonstrated a new approach to streamlining government support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...