In 2012, over 23,000 children “aged out” of the foster care system at age 18 in the United States alone. Below are some brief stories of young adults who experienced aging out and are trying to carry on and succeed in the adult world: Adrian: Take Adrian, now 27. After being placed into foster care at 6 because of his mother's drug and alcohol abuse, he stayed in care, moving from home to home, until he was 18 and too old for the system. He found the strength to try to put hi
#1 Can I donate my old suitcase to A Case for Character? A Case for Character wishes to provide foster children with brand-new suitcases rather than old or previously used suitcases. These children are often seen as "throwaways" and are already given hand-me-downs. #2 How can I get involved and help? • Donate or join a project to help provide children with suitcases [Donate here] • Start a campaign to help raise funds for projects [Check out CFC Champions here] • Spread the w
Read A Case for Character's top 5 blog posts. Click on the links below to read the posts: 1. "Aging-Out": Life After Foster Care 2. The Link Between Foster Care & Human Trafficking 3. God's Grace 4. Foster Family Feast 5. Suitcase Distribution At Leroy Haynes Center Kierstyn Martell Kierstyn is Forever Kids' media director and campaign coordinator. Stepping into ministry with Tony and Kathy Salerno several years ago, she continues to help promote awareness for the organizatio
To donate to A Case for Character and help provide a foster child with a brand-new suitcase click here! Kierstyn Martell Kierstyn is Forever Kids' media director and campaign coordinator. Stepping into ministry with Tony and Kathy Salerno several years ago, she continues to help promote awareness for the organization's passion to help meet the needs of children in a character way.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop Five things you can do today to show others they matter: 1. Hold the door open for someone as you enter or leave a room. Everyone appreciates this simple act of kindness that shows we recognize other people in our daily activities. 2. Call up an old friend you haven’t talked to in a while. You never know when someone may just need an ear to listen, and catching up on good times can brighten anybody’s day. 3. C
Make a donation [Click here] Start a campaign [Click here] Learn more about A Case for Character [Click here] Kierstyn Martell Kierstyn is Forever Kids' media director and campaign coordinator. Stepping into ministry with Tony and Kathy Salerno several years ago, she continues to help promote awareness for the organization's passion to help meet the needs of children in a character way.
A Case for Character has many projects for helping provide for foster youth. Learn more about each project from the links below. Find out how you can help make a difference in the lives of foster children this year: Fostering Change - A student driven project designed to provide ways for students (high school - college) and other young adults to get involved with providing foster youth with suitcases and making a difference. Learn more!* Project BUSD - A Case for Character ha
Starting a campaign is fun and easy! If you've already started a campaign, here are some tips on how to manage a more successful campaign. If you haven't started a campaign yet, why wait? Help raise money to provide foster youth with suitcases this summer! Visit our CFC CHAMPIONS page to start your own campaign or to see how people like you are fundraising. Here's what one person said about running her campaign: "Putting together my own personal campaign for A Case for Charac
September 2014 was a great time for A Case for Character. Only a few months after its launch, A Case for Character began blooming into something so profound, and word got out. The Grapevine Press, a local newspaper based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, released an article on the project’s debut. Below are some excerpts from the article: “The forgotten ones. Eight thousand children in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties living in foster care. When was the last time we stopp
Even though the average age of foster youth is 10 years, an estimated 20,000 young people “age out" of the U.S. foster care system each year.* We’ve had the privilege of meeting many middle and high school foster youth in group homes and other places and events. Our ABC’s of Character books and music have been well received with all age groups, but they are geared more for elementary age. Foster teens tell us that they’ve had no one talk to them about having good character. S