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The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is a national foundation whose mission is to help youth in foster care make successful transitions to adulthood. Formed by two of the leading foundations focused exclusively on child and youth well-being—The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs—the Initiative brings together the people and resources needed to help youth make the connections they need to education, employment, health care, housing, and supportive personal and community relationships.

National Resource Center for Youth Development
The National Resource Center for Youth Development at the University of Oklahoma focuses on increasing the capacity and resources of State, Tribal, and other publicly supported child welfare agencies to effectively meet the needs of youth who will be emancipated from the child welfare system. This will be accomplished by helping adolescents achieve the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 goals of safety, permanency, and well-being through the effective implementation of the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 and other related programs.

Casey Family Programs
Provides an array of services for children and youth in foster care, including services that help youth make a successful transition to adulthood

Connect for Kids

A variety of Independent Living resources.

Foster Club

FosterClub's mission is to provide encouragement, motivation, information, education, and benefits for foster youth. Through a variety of websites, kids are asking questions and getting answers. They discover other successful former foster youth through our "foster to famous" program, send in opinions about their foster care experience, get recognition for overcoming obstacles, enter our contests (where everyone wins!), and more.


KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

Connected by 25

The focus of Connected by 25 is to ensure that foster care youth are educated, housed, banked, employed and connected to a support system by age 25. The purpose of our Cby25 program is to provide the tools for foster care youth and youth adults to achieve economic success.

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