Tech Entrepreneurs Turned Foster Care Advocates

By | October 21, 2019


[Music] To me, purpose is taking advantage of the time I have on this planet. [AARP] [REID COX iFOSTER] I’m Reid Cox, co-founder of iFoster. iFoster was created by my wife and I. We started iFoster in 2010. We’re only seven years old, but in seven years we’ve become the largest national non-profit in child-welfare. We launched a site that we hoped would be valuable to families in foster care and it’s taken off ever since. We represent caregivers, youth, social workers, other non-profits within child-welfare, and bring resources from the larger outside community into child-welfare. There’s almost 500,000 children and youth in formal foster care at any moment in time. There’s over a 100,000 youth, waiting to be adopted today. Tragically, that number hasn’t changed over the last 15 years. Approximately 30,000 kids a year will age out with no support. At the age of 18, 19, 20, 21, they’ll need to be fully independent, and obviously they can’t be. Children and youth, who’re raised in the foster care system, have the worst outcomes of any at-risk population. 50% will be unemployed, 50% will be homeless, over 70% will be on some form of government assistance, only 3% will graduate from university and less than 45% will graduate from high school. Our Jobs program, which we just launched two years ago, is the largest youth employment program specifically for foster care. We have successfully employed over 300 youth emancipating out of a foster care system. So, you can rattle out off the statistics, right? But honestly, it’s those individual stories that really make a difference. Like a brother, who suddenly had his 14-year-old sister dropped on his doorstep. He called us and said, ‘I don’t even know where to start. I have a 14 year old sister. She hasn’t been in school for a year. I don’t have a relationship with her, I don’t know what to do.’ And, that’s where we can come in and now you fast-forward several years that we’ve been working with them, she’s in college, she is about to move out on her own. Her relationship with her brother is fantastic. And, it’s those stories that make you get up every day and do what we do. I truly believe everybody has a purpose and should find their purpose and I feel extremely blessed that Reid and I have found our purpose. My wish for every one of these youth is that they are given the opportunities, they are given the resources, that they have a chance. [Music]

2 thoughts on “Tech Entrepreneurs Turned Foster Care Advocates

  1. Mary Stachowiak Post author

    Tragically? Parents get Zero assistance in regaining their Parental Rights. There are Abuses throughout the Foster Care System. It's now Inherently Evil…

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  2. Patrick Norton Post author

    Some states could provide housing assistance of $452 per year per youth, or $38 per month per youth, or $9.50 per day per child who is aged out of foster care. Government pays non-profit corporate shelters $150.00 to $200.00 daily per child and foster parents in loving homes receive $15.00 daily per child. When children age out they have nothing to show for the billions dumped into shelter costs and become homeless because $38.00 per month is reallocated to other programs and budgets in state governments. Shelters getting around $55,000.00 per year per child and almost $1 million dollars per child over their 18 years of incarceration at a shelter should own a home outright. White Fields in Oklahoma is closing it's shelter for 18 boys and the non-profit walks away with 160 acres and facility debt free; the 18 boys get a pair of used boots from Hope Outreach. Advocates make awareness of these problems but see nothing but fraud in these systems of victims awareness. Find me housing for $38.00 per month or baby formula, diapers, wipes, clothes, shoes for $15 and keep paying billions to shelters who claim $150.00 daily per child is not enough. So, why do loving family foster cares make it on $15 bucks?

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