Sharing Stories about U.S. Foster Care



Thank you to everyone who has shared their foster care story and participated in this study!

Fostered Youth & Alumni

stories from youth who were in the foster care system

Foster Families

stories from foster parents and foster family members

Kin, Family & Friends

stories from parents, family, or friends whose children were in foster care


stories from professionals who worked with families & youth

Click on a link or icon to read some of the stories that have already been shared.


Because the stories gathered here are contributions to a qualitative research study that is no longer collecting new data, new surveys and story submissions are no longer being accepted.


New stories will be added after data analysis is complete.

This website is dedicated to collecting and telling the stories of anyone who has had direct contact with the U.S. foster care system. The system cannot be “fixed” without understanding how and where it is “broken.” Only those of you who have been in it can tell those stories.