Research:

  • Chapin Hall - research and policy center, focused on a mission of improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities.

http://www.chapinhall.org/research/areas/Child-Welfare-and-Foster-Care-Systems

  • Aging Out of the Foster Care System to Adulthood: Findings, Challenges, and Recommendations

http://www.jointcenter.org/research/aging-out-of-the-foster-care-system-to-adulthood-findings-challenges-and-recommendations

  • Helping Children Aging Out of Foster Care Prepare for Independence

http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx?pubguid={ADE21AE6-4279-4286-890C-B14BE140AE32}

 

Foster Care/Aging Out Information:

  • Child Welfare/Foster Care Statistics - These resources provide State and national data on the number of children in the child welfare system, trends in foster care caseloads, and well-being outcomes.

https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/statistics/childwelfare_foster.cfm

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster.cfm

  • The Children's Bureau statistics- partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation's children and families

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research/afcars

 

Other Organizations:

  • Possibility Project in NY - a nationally recognized nonprofit organization operating three programs for youth in New York City.

http://the-possibility-project.org/

  • Lighthouse Youth Services – a multiservice agency providing social services to children, youth and families in southwestern Ohio. 

http://www.lys.org/

  • Covenant House- largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.

http://www.covenanthouse.org/

  • Forever Family- Forever Family news stories and on-air promotions highlight children in foster care who are searching for adoptive families, teens 'aging out' of foster care, and issues relating to the American foster care system.

http://foreverfamily.org

  • The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute-  non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides.

 http://www.ccainstitute.org

  • Children Uniting Nations- a proactive non-profit organization created to bring attention to the plight of at-risk and foster youth.

http://www.childrenunitingnations.org/about-us/

 

Youth Driven Organizations for Foster Care:

  • Florida Youth SHINE- a youth run, peer driven organization that empowers current and former foster youth to become leaders and advocates within their communities.

http://www.floridayouthshine.org/

  • Represent Magazine - a quarterly magazine founded in 1993*, provides a voice for youth in foster care.

http://www.representmag.org/

  • Foster Care Alumni of America - a national non-profit association that has been founded and is led by alumni of the foster care system.

http://www.fostercarealumni.org/

  • Oregon Foster Youth Connection- a program of Children First for Oregon (CFFO),it  is a statewide, youth led, advocacy group of current and former foster youth between 14 – 25 years of age.

http://oryouthconnection.org

 

Foster Youth Resources:

  • A national network for youth in foster care as well as foster alumni, success stories, helpful information about the foster care system, mentoring programs, and advocacy and policy initiatives.

http://www.boostcollaborative.org/foster-youth

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One of the more exciting highlights from this past summer was the new partnership we formed with the team at Capital One. 

Capital One is bringing their innovative new banking experience known as their Capital One Cafes to South Florida, and they are looking to invest deeply in our community. In addition to offering their portfolio of financial services & products, the cafes will be inviting spaces where visitors can hold a meeting, grab a coffee, or simply connect with others.

We love this approach, and are so grateful they chose Casa Valentina as one of their partners  in Miami to create momentum for positive change. Not only will we be working closely together on delivery of our financial literacy curriculum, but we will be creating a community garden as well!

There are many exciting ventures ahead as we grow together; stay tuned for more!

Capital One Service Day Video

Getting Our Hands Dirty

As you can see from our photos, Hurricane Irma may not have hit us directly, but many of us in the South Florida community certainly felt its effects. Our property suffered a lot of fallen branches, downed trees, and some of our fences were badly battered.

Thanks to Capital One, not only were we able to clear the major obstacles with the help of professional services, but their team of volunteers came out to lend their strength to clearing our property to make it safer for our residents.

After 5 hours in the hot Miami Sun, the team was able to clear over 85% of the lot that had a lot of debris blocking the path to the residences. 

Thank You, Capital One!

This could not have been done without the support and hard work from the entire Capital One team, but especially to our all-stars: (from left to right) Charles, Jessy, Vanessa, Danny, Donald, Caleb & Kathy!

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