Lived Experience in Foster Care = Powerful Stories

We believe the most effective way to change public perception about foster care is through the profound, inspirational, and moving stories of young people who have experienced it first hand. We also believe young people who step into this role must have appropriate preparation and support, to minimize re-traumatization.

If you are a young person and interested in connecting with the Media to tell your story or perspective about foster care, learn more about FosterClub's Lived Experience Leadership. Also check out our publication, Strategic Sharing, a foundational concept required for any young person FosterClub connects to the Media.

Press Contact

FosterClub is pleased to work with reporters and journalists. Some examples of how FosterClub contributes to media stories includes:

  • Organizational comment regarding the experiences or collective perspective of young people
  • Child welfare public policy or practice recommendations on an issue developed by young people with lived experience in foster care
  • Results from FosterClub polling regarding the collective eexperiences of youth
  • Individual quotes from young people
  • Arrange and facilitate interviews with one or a panel of young people with foster care experience (generally age 18+)

Reach our office at 503-717-1552 or use the form below to speak to our Communications Manager.

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We encourage journalists and members of the press to review FosterClub's Media Guide, to better understand specific concerns involved with including youth perspective in stories.

FosterClub in the Media


Stimulus Aid for Former Foster Youth Isn’t Reaching Most Eligible Kentuckians

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting February 15, 2022 by Jasmine Demers A federal stimulus package was meant to provide financial relief to current and former foster youth during the pandemic. But less than 30% of Kentucky’s $7.3 million allotment has reached young people who may need it. Kentuckians 18 to 26 years old who spent time in foster care were...