August 01, 2016// News
August 01, 2016// News
Reporter Tena Rubio of KQED spent time with youth and the Founder of iFoster. The momentum would not have been possible without the efforts of many, including the #HackFosterCare. The full story is here: KQED – Helping Foster Kids Succeed, One Laptop at a Time
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.