Another kind of FAMily.

Foster Alumni Mentors (FAM) creates a community of belonging and a network of support for those who have experienced foster care.

CONNECT

We connect with foster alumni to “normalize” life, showing them that they are not alone, and that they have an entire community of support.

INSPIRE

We inspire foster alumni to believe in themselves, introducing them to other alumni who are following their dreams and achieving their goals.

EMPOWER

We empower foster alumni by providing tools that will support them in reaching their full potential and creating their unique path to success.

Our Why

Nationwide, over 20,000 youth are emancipated from the foster care system each year.

Imagine being 17 years old with little to no connections to family or people who care about you. Who supports you with securing a safe place to live, applying for a job, preparing meals, managing your money, or finding a doctor? Who comes to your aid when your car won’t start or stops by when you’ve had a tough day? Who do you turn to with questions of how to become an “adult”?

Now imagine being in your 20s, 30s, 40s or older, navigating parenthood without support or trying to figure out what you want to do or what your life goals are. Who provides guidance and encouragement for raising your kids or seeking your dreams? Who do you process your foster care experiences with and their impact on you today? Who is there to help quiet the doubts, believe in your gifts, and cheer you on no matter what?

For many of those who have experienced foster care, a “who” is hard to come by and would make all the difference. At Foster Alumni Mentors (FAM), we help with “who” through providing a range of peer-to-peer activities and individualized, staff-guided support.

We believe that with dedicated access to resources for connection, inspiration and empowerment, foster care alumni can create wildly fruitful futures and be some of the greatest contributors to our community, near and far.

DONATIONS Support Us

We genuinely value all offerings, big and small. That goes for donations and for the types of support we offer FAM members. You never know the impact of one conversation, one care package, one bus pass, one friend, one gift—each can make a profound difference.

Teenagers in foster care

What Your Donation Makes Possible

Monthly FAM time for alumni to gather, bond and build community

Access to educational resources for financial, physical, relational, and mental health

Opportunities for professional development, leadership and vocational training

Taking care of basic needs (e.g., rent, bedding for dorms, transportation to work, baby items)

Your donation offers relief when a Members’ paycheck doesn’t quite stretch far enough to cover the unexpected car repair and they need a ride to work.

Your donation removes barriers and serves as a preventative measure to keep Members from going down paths that create chaos and uncertainty.

Your donation provides stability, gives hope, shows care, offers breathing room, and conveys a “you got this—we believe in you!”

Your donation is critical and much appreciated.

SUCCESS STORIES

CREATING CHANGE, INSPIRING HOPE!

We are so impressed by the many extraordinary individuals from foster care who are everyday people in our communities creating change and inspiring hope for the next generation. Check out just a few of our Member’s amazing stories of success.

A.J. is a true inspiration and we are so proud of all she has accomplished!

Keep believing in yourself, A.J., you are AMAZING!

Alumni Highlight

Meet A.J.

    • Hi I’m Athena. I’m 18 years old and I’ve been in FAM for quite some time. They are amazing and very supportive no matter who you are. My goal in everything I do is to raise awareness around the importance of mental health, the importance of family, friends, and good connections. I am always looking for people in need and will always speak up for the underdogs, especially when they can’t do it themselves. I have gone through some horrible things and I keep going. It’s hard but I’m trying my best and I’m really proud of myself for making it so much further than my thirteen year old self ever thought I could. I did it! This has driven my love for helping and I will keep going!!!
  • Where are you from? 
    • Originally I’m from Ithaca, New York 
  • Hobbies, family life, anything you would like to share so that we can know you a bit better? 
    • I am very sweet, and understanding and I love to help others. I love to raise awareness about Mental Health and how important it is. I love to talk about how FAM is here to listen and love others and that we love everyone.
  • Job/school?
    •  I go to Central High School as a junior. I have a 3.0 GPA and I have only a couple classes left before I can graduate.  I do my best in school and I have made strong relationships with all of my teachers.
  • 5 fun facts about yourself.
    • I have two older sisters.
    •  I have a 9 month old niece.
    • My passion is raising awareness about Mental Health
    •  I have a mental health tattoo to represent that people are not alone. 
    • I love all animals, especially my two dogs.

VOLUNTEER Share Your Time

FAM is always looking for—and deeply appreciative of—people who are willing to offer their time and expertise. Whether it’s teaching a class, serving on an event committee, joining our board, helping with office work, putting together care packages or something else, we’d love to hear from you. Please click the button below to fill out our application, or to learn more ways you can contribute, check out our community partner page

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