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Why relationships – not just money – are the key to improving schools

A recent study shows that "social capital" (such as a student's relationship with mentors in the community) has 3-5 times more impact on school performance than funding.

Now Hiring: How a California Program Guides Foster Youth into the Workforce

iFoster, a California-based program that helps foster youth find jobs, has shown promising early results.

Opinion: There Are Worse Things Than Foster Care

An important perspective on safety as foster care and the Family First Act put more emphasis on reunification of children with their biological families. All of our youth at Braid have spent time in foster...

"Instant Family" was written and directed by a foster parent who wanted to see an honest portrayal of foster care on the big screen.

Foster Care’s Burn Book On Me

A young man now emancipated from foster care writes eloquently about finally gaining access to all the records and reports from his time in care.

Kids Need Family

A brief but poignant reflection on growing up in foster care that we use in Braid mentor trainings.

A Farm and Restaurant Program that Helps Foster Kids Succeed

California State Fullerton ‘grows people and food’ to empower foster kids with life-long skills.

California Legislation Eases Access to Financial Aid, Support for Foster Students

New legislation and budget increases in California make college more accessible for foster youth.

More LA County Foster Kids Are Making It Into College Than Ever Before

A major increase in California foster youth attending community college, thanks to concerted efforts to make campuses more supportive.