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.
We’re shifting mental models about what’s working and what’s possible in child welfare.
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).
Our report accelerates momentum for the national movement to end the need for group home placements for foster youth
Research can be a site of harm and trauma for both participants and researchers. How can we be trauma-responsive in our research practices?
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.”
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!
Remarks: Sixto Cancel, CEO & Founder,Think of Us | 2022 Concordia Annual Summit
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 Think of Us Lived Experience Network helped inform USA Today articles on failed adoptions.
The Problem of Institutionalizing Youth is Bigger than Foster Care
How Think of Us demonstrated a new approach to streamlining government support.
The continuing conversation around how to support foster youth through the pandemic.
We have a responsibility to listen to youth, hear their voices and help them make their voices heard.
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.
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.
Aged Out Report - Across the country, far too many young people age out of foster care into appalling circumstances.
The goal for children who need therapeutic care should be to support them through timely permanency in foster care or kinship placements...
Think Of Us launches 'Away From Home Youth Experiences of Institutional Placements in Foster Care'