Changing the system one life at a time.
Our vision is to positively change a child's trajectory, change their life, change the system; create a NEW Foster Care.
The New Foster Care's mission is to make a transformative change in the Michigan foster care system and a measurable and meaningful impact in the lives of children who have experienced foster care by:
Providing direct service programs that change the trajectory of youth with experience in foster care
Partnering with the State and local agencies to develop, fund, and implement innovative pilot programs
Researching and advancing policy and legislative action in the best interests of Michigan's children
Youth with Experience in Foster Care
A Population in Crisis
In Michigan, by the age of 21, youth with experience in foster care face the following challenges
2 in 5
Graduate High School in 4 years
1 in 4
1 in 3
Report having children in the past 2 years
...and the cycle repeats.
The New Foster Care (TNFC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of Oakland County, launched in 2016. Our focus is to 1) assist young people with experience in foster care to positively change the trajectory of their lives; and 2) positively impact the foster care system that serves them by advocating for innovative programming and policy and legislative reform.
Youth with experience in foster care often face a challenging path to success as they transition to adulthood. We provide direct services to such youth through our 'Bridge Program', a comprehensive transitional support model serving young people ages 14 to 29. Youth enrolled in our program work with a multidisciplinary team to develop and implement a sustainable plan for their future success along five transition domains: employment and career, educational opportunity, living situation, community life functioning, and personal effectiveness and wellbeing.
Steadfast Belief- The resolute and unwavering belief in the unlimited potential of all God’s children. (Luke 18:27, 1 Corinthians 15:58).
Relentless Advocacy- The relentless pursuit of justice in all its forms. (Isaiah 1:17, Micah 6:8).
Collaborative Empowerment- The partnership with community allies to co-create pathways to support individuals to become stronger and more confident, take control of their circumstances, exercise their power to achieve their goals, claim their rights, and maximize the quality of their lives. (Isaiah 41:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Professional Excellence- The vision to see obstacles as opportunities; the ability to act with a sense of urgency, integrity, creativity, accountability, and adaptability to the needs of one another and those we serve. (Galatians 6:9, Colossians 3:23-24).
Maximum Impact- The greatest effect possible in the lives of those we serve. (James 1:27, 1 Peter 4:10-11).