If you knew that 30,000 teens age out of the foster care system each year without any permanent family connections, would you want to learn more? If you knew that 50 percent would spend time in homeless shelters, only 3 percent would graduate college and 50 percent of the women would be pregnant by age 19, would you want to do something about it? Well now you know.
Kids do not go into foster care because they are bad kids. They enter foster care because bad things have happened to them. And, then, for many, it gets worse.
These are the startling facts that led to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation selecting Hack Foster Care as a strategic partner. The mission of the Hack Foster Care coalition is to engage the technology sector in developing and applying innovative and disruptive solutions to improve outcomes for youth and families in the foster care system.
Hack Foster Care includes local, regional and national partners as it seeks to design, test and scale solutions that will impact foster youth access to technology, foster youth education and employment outcomes, and the technology and tools available to support foster youth and the dedicated social workers that support them.
The work started with the first Foster Care Hackathon at the White House in May 2016, and continues with the Hack Foster Care summit at Microsoft in Silicon Valley in February 2017.
If you are interested in supporting the work and mission of Hack Foster Care, here are links where you can learn more:
For more information, please contact Paul Escobar or John Hogan.