The mission of Foster Alumni Minnesota is to Connect, Support and Inspire alumni of foster care with a professional and social network through peer to peer networking, education, employment, advocacy, policy and leadership development.
Foster Alumni of Minnesota (FAM) is a start-up nonprofit with a two-year planning grant from the Sauer Children's Renew Foundation and the John and Denise Graves Foundation. During our planning phase Connections to Independence is acting as the organization's fiscal sponsor.
Currently, there exists no formal social or professional opportunity for those who experienced foster care and are residing in the state of Minnesota. In many states, these formally formed groups, not only support each other as members, but also advocate on behalf of those currently in out of home care on public policy matters.
FAM sets to establish a formal social and professional opportunity for those who experienced foster care and adoption to connect, network, influence, and support one another. The goal of FAM is to increase connectedness, access to resources for a population that has traditionally been under served.
Increasing connectivity will increase access to resources, provide a network of support and social scaffolding that other populations experience naturally.
Members could have experienced short term or long term placements, been reunified, adopted or aged out and will be recruited from all adult age groups.
Vision of FAM is all alumni of foster care, adoption, and congregate care are well-supported and well-connected through a peer to peer social scaffolding throughout all phases of life and help decrease disparities as adults.