Can our Youth Board be affiliated with another organization and still become part of the FosterClub Network? Yes! We encourage collaboration and regularly work with other fantastic organizations which serve foster youth, including State Independent Living Programs, Foster Care Alumni of America, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Orphan Foundation of America, California Youth Connection and many others. Your Group should gain approval from any Organization which holds a stake in the Group prior to applying to become part of the Network.
Can we join the Network if we already have a website? Absolutely. The website is just one of many benefits. You don't have to have a free site hosted by FosterClub, but you'll find that it's designed to complement your site, not replace it.
Can we have our own, unique name? Yes! We encourage Groups to develop their own unique identity or brand as the FosterClub Network. Your organization may refer to itself as a FosterClub Network to the extent that it strengthens the work that you do.
We currently raise our own funds. Would we have to share our money with FosterClub? No. Your Group retains any member dues or funds that are raised on it’s own.
I am interested in starting a Youth Board. Can FosterClub serve as an “umbrella organization?” No. Groups may join the FosterClub network if they have ties to an existing organization or have secured their own 501(c)(3) status. Groups cannot legally receive donations unless they have 501(c)(3) status. This is a complex area, so contact us with any questions you may have.
What is a “Host Organization”? A host organization serves to guide Youth Councils and Youth Boards in their strategic planning, development of programs and execution of ideas. Generally, a host organization is an established community organization, state agency or child welfare organization which provides mentorship and guidance to a grassroots group who has a similar mission. Their role is to advise youth members of the group to ensure programs, services and communications meet a specific professional standard and to help the group with achieve it’s mission by leveraging the resources of the host organization.
Will FosterClub dictate how we operate or the type of work we do? No. Our only requirement is that your Group’s work supports FosterClub’s mission of “FosterClub's mission is to lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired + represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers.” Your Group will have access, however, to a wealth of tools which should increase your Group’s capacity and ability to be successful and sustainable.
What is the application process? Complete a FosterClub Network application. Be prepared to work with your Group’s young people and adult supporters and/or Sponsor Organization to provide information about your Group’s mission, operations, leadership, programs and membership. After submitting a complete application, you can expect to receive a response from FosterClub shortly.