TRUCKEE, Calif. Feb. 7, 2011 www.ifoster.org
On any day, more than 500,000 children, removed from their homes due to abuse, violence or neglect, are raised in a system that is under-funded and stretched beyond capacity. Placed often outside of their community, subjected to multiple placements, and with more than 20,000 aging-out annually, the lives of these children are too often tragic. Over 80 percent who never find a permanent home end up living in poverty, prison, homeless, or struggling young parents.
iFoster is changing this dynamic through an online community that provides support, information, and leverages the strength of billions of dollars in purchasing power and millions of voices to benefit these children.
Later this year, iFoster will launch a knowledge center to aggregate relevant information about the foster care system, raising children and services available regionally. Social media functionality will enable the community to support each other as well as share, recommend and rate information, services and discounts they find most valuable. In aggregate, iFoster enables the development of a vibrant community with a collective voice millions strong to improve the system.
October 2010 www.ifoster.org is available for free to the foster care community, from caregivers (foster/guardian/kinship/adoptive families), to the organizations that support foster children, and emancipated foster youth.
Reid Cox Co-founder