Managing Partner of FosteringConnections.org. Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. We seek to improve the lives of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing it with the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including policy makers, program providers, foundations, and the media. Founded in 1979, Child Trends helps keep the nation focused on children and their needs by identifying emerging issues; evaluating important programs and policies; and providing data-driven, evidence-based guidance on policy and practice. Child Trends developed the FosteringConnections.org project, and continues to serve as the lead manager for the project.
Children's Defense FundLead Partner: Kinship/Guardianship Network. The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The Children's Defense Fund works with grandparents and other relative caregivers, young leaders, other advocates for children and families, the faith community, service providers and policymakers across the country to help accomplish its mission for all children in America. For more information on the Children’s Defense Fund, please visit www.childrensdefense.org.
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Lead Partner: Adoption Network. Since its founding in 1974 by adoptive parents, the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) has been dedicated to the mission that every child deserves a permanent family. Through advocacy, education, support, and parent leadership capacity building, NACAC promotes and supports permanence for children and youth in foster care in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on the NACAC, please visit www.NACAC.org.
National Academy for State Health Policy
Lead Partner: Health Network. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policy makers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice, NASHP provides a forum on critical health issues across branches and agencies of state government. For more information about NASHP, please visit www.nashp.org.
Lead Partner: Older Youth Network. Foster Club is the national network for young people in foster care. For the half million children living in the foster care system across the country, childhood has been interrupted by abuse, neglect or abandonment. FosterClub is their club - a place to turn to connect with supportive peers and adults, locate foster care information and resources, and gain inspiration from success stories. Our members are resilient young people determined to build a better future for themselves and for other kids coming up through the system behind them. For more information on the Foster Club, please visit www.fosterclub.org.
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Lead Partner: Tribal Network. The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Indian children and their families. NICWA accomplishes this goal by offering training and technical assistance related to Indian child welfare services; making available information regarding the needs and problems of Indian children; helping to improve community-based services; and working to promote improved public policies for Indian children. For additional information about this report or other NICWA projects, please contact: www.nicwa.org