May 26, 2016// News
May 26, 2016// News
LOS ANGELES, May 26, 2016 – For most teenagers, owning a laptop computer may seem an entitlement. For teenagers growing up in foster care, that is not the case: less than 20 percent own a computer, compared to 90 percent of teens overall in the U.S.
Providing laptop computers to transition age youth shows measurable improvement in self-esteem and academic performance; New California public-private partnership spurred.
Research released today by two California non-profits, iFoster and Foster Care Counts, points to the positive impact that laptop ownership can have on teens in the foster care system, offering a simple and straightforward solution for helping to bridge the digital divide.
Jeremy Goldbach of the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work surveyed 730 foster youth over a year who were provided with laptops by iFoster and found that not only do grades and class attendance improve, but self-esteem and life satisfaction increase, while depression drops precipitously. Foster youth who received the laptops reported better quality relationships with their biological families, improved feelings of social connectedness and a more positive outlook on life.
“If you look at the percentage of foster youth owning laptops in the U.S., they rank among the bottom third of countries globally,” said Serita Cox, founder of iFoster, a California-based non-profit online community targeted to transition age youth. “For as little as $225 we can provide a foster youth with a refurbished laptop loaded with the software they need, providing them with the same opportunity to succeed as other American kids.”
“It’s hard to imagine growing up today in Los Angeles without a computer,” said Jeanne Pritzker, founder of Foster Care Counts, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and serving the needs of foster youth and families. “When we tell our supporters that they can change a foster youth’s life for $225, they respond.” Over the past four years, Foster Care Counts has donated 1,700 laptops to college-bound foster youth in Los Angeles and Riverside counties.
Foster Care Counts and Think of Us are at the White House Foster Care and Technology Hackathon. You can join in by watching the live streaming at:
January 04, 2016// News
KQED hosted several child welfare advocates in a discussion on challenges and solutions facing youth aging out foster care. Listen here.
November 25, 2015// News
November 09, 2015// News
Every November, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) celebrates National Adoption Month along with adoption supporters from across the nation. This year the Children’s Bureau’s National Adoption Month initiative focuses on older youth in foster care who need loving, permanent families. CCAI encourages you to join us in raising awareness around the simple truth that you are never too old to deserve a loving family. To help promote this important message, we’ve listed five ways you can get involved this National Adoption Month:
1. Reach out to your Members of Congress and encourage them to cosponsor the National Adoption Day Resolution. Let them know that by cosponsoring they are making a public statement that adoption matters! To locate the contact information for your Senators and Representative visit www.govtrack.us/congress/
2. Attend a National Adoption Day event in your city or state! For a list of events, visit www.nationaladoptionday.
3. Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and your Blog and use the hashtag #nationaladoptionday
4. Know someone going through the adoption process? Adoptive families need all the support they can get. Consider donating financially or sending them an encouraging note, or both!
5. Consider adoption! Not quite sure where to begin? Check out these resources: www.nationaladoptionday.org/