United Friends of the Children
United Friends of the Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of foster children and to supporting former foster youth in their journey to become successful, independent adults. Through its programs, advocacy efforts and direct involvement with youth, UFC seeks to be a catalyst for change.
United Friends Scholar Program. Empowers current and former foster youth from 7th grade through college on a journey to self-sufficiency through education.
United Friends expects to serve 500 Middle and High School students over the course of one year as they receive on average 80 hours of support. Our 200 college students we expect to serve in the coming will receive on average 20 hours of direct support. Educational Counseling and Advocacy (Middle and High School) with small caseloads of 30 students compared to the typically 350+ of a high school counselor, United Friends’ College counselors are able to provide more specialized and personal support in areas involving 4 Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), foster youth educational rights, goal setting, career exploration, and college exploration. CRP Counselors actively engage a young person’s “team network of support”- social workers, attorneys, education rights holders, school officials, and caregivers to ensure their rights are being upheld. Four one-on-one visits and monthly phone call “check-ins” are mandatory as a minimum for participation in the program. Workshops & College Tours (Middle and High School) through workshops and tours of local college campuses, students explore college and career options, develop cultural awareness and enhance their academic skills. College visits are regularly coordinated in conjunction with former foster youth now thriving on campus as college students in order to create a supportive and intentional connection with each school and the broader higher education landscape.