The Problem

Foster Skills addresses the simple fact: today's foster youth, through no fault of their own, are paying the price for either the shortcomings of individuals, or systemic inaction and imprudent action--and many times both.

We believe the systemic innovation deficit is the reason foster youth have poor outcomes: 40% of former foster youth have repeated one or more grades; only 20-30% graduate high school by age 19. 52% read below grade level [compared to 38% of the overall population]. 37% of former foster youth experienced homelessness after age 18.

Foster Skills aims to help foster youth beat the odds by helping state governments to innovate their child welfare systems. We solve two problems: 1. Foster youth have poor outcomes, and 2. As a result of slowing moving government, there is an innovation deficit in the child welfare system, especially where vulnerable children and families need real time supports. We believe solving the innovation deficit by using rapid prototyping and human-centered design will help foster youth, and many children and families thrive.

Outcomes for foster youth are consistently negative.


of former foster youth obtain a
bachelor's degree.


Watch the video about our "Founding Story" that State Farm and AoL produced on Huffington Post.


If you have an idea to improve the foster care system, share with us and we will help you bring it to life.