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FOSTER ANGELS OF CENTRAL TEXAS FOUNDATION

a moment of caring, a lifetime of difference

aka Foster Angels of Central Texas   |   Austin, TX   |  www.fosterangelsctx.org

Mission

The mission of Foster Angels of Central Texas is to improve the lives of children in foster care, ensuring that each child has their basic needs met, and to provide life-enriching and life-enhancing experiences whenever possible.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Tania Leskovar-Owens

Main address

P.O. Box 152575

Austin, TX 78715 USA

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EIN

27-1024497

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our program addresses the needs of all children, regardless of ethnicity or age. from birth to age 22, or when they 'age out' of the foster care system and must enter adult life, with no family and with little to no support, and many without the skills and tools needed to live a satisfying and promising adult life. A high percentage of these children will drop out of school, become homeless and struggle with unemployment and poverty. Youth living in care are more likely to have experienced abuse, neglect and instability than non-foster children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Basic Needs

Focus on ensuring children and youth have access to food, household items such as beds, appropriate clothing, educational assistance, tutoring, technology

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Ensure children in foster care have opportunities to participate in the same activities other children are able to participate in. This includes school clubs, after school activities, lessons, sports, music, etc. In addition we provide funding for summer camps, trips and special occasions such as graduation, birthdays or prom. This also includes our Toys for Teens program during the holidays.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Guide to Thrive is focused on youth (18-22) who are transitioning out of the foster care system and ensures they have the support they need to thrive. We connect youth to the resources and caring people who can help them accomplish their dreams and succeed in life.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Keys to Success focused on assisting youth with completing driver's ed, getting a license, understanding the responsibility of owning a car and assisting them with their first purchase. The program has a savings match component to help assist a youth to buying their first car.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

The Bright Angel Scholars is a scholarship which provides funding and mentorship to help current or former foster youth graduate from college.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Basic Needs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

800 children were given backpacks with all of the supplies they need to succeed this school year.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Basic Needs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2022, we served 3,774 children and youth across our programs.

Number of youth mentored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Guide to Thrive

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2022, our Guide to Thrive programs (which include mentorship) served 152 young adults.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FACT strives to improve the way children experience foster care and to show them the support they deserve to reach their full potential. Our daily goal is to keep meeting the needs of kids and saying yes to every request we receive. Our long-term goal is to help ensure that children and youth in foster care are able to achieve healthy development, because this is crucial to their ability to overcome their adverse childhood experiences and successfully mature into self-sufficient adults. As the organization grows, we have found ourselves presented with larger, more costly requests. We have responded by recommitting ourselves to supporting each child fully, so that we may fulfill a child’s needs more than once, or fulfill a larger request, such as assistance with bills including utilities, rent, in order to prevent a college student from becoming homeless.

Annually FACT sets the following goals to achieve:
Serve 4,000 children & youth in 2023
Serve 250 youth through our Guide to Thrive program through one-on-one support
Maintain a rapid response time - 48 hours
We hope to increase opportunities for normalcy over the next year by providing children with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, camps and more
Preserve placement stability by supporting children, caregivers & youth transitioning out of care

Those unfamiliar with the foster care system are often surprised to learn of the many things that foster children do without. Many enter care with few personal possessions, and many have gone without their basic needs fulfilled for much of their lifetime. Because of this, requests range from the most basic needs - food, beds, educational support including technology and tutoring - to positive experiences such as extracurriculars, sports, camps and special occasions. We fund these enrichment activities because they provide kids with improved opportunities to develop emotional, physical and intellectual skills and competencies; they help children develop a range of social and life skills while providing enjoyable, productive experiences.

We are particularly attuned to the need for children in foster care to experience the same things as ‘normal kids’, because engaging in normal, age-appropriate activities and experiences is a critical component of healthy child development, but these are too often lacking in children's lives when they are living in state care. In 2021 CASA found, the value of normalcy goes far beyond improving the daily quality of life for children and youth in foster care. It affects their long-term life outcomes. Normalcy allows young people in foster care to build supportive relationships and learn valuable skills, thus giving them a meaningful chance to achieve well-being and permanency.

Guide to Thrive, is our program dedicated to helping youth who are transitioning out of foster care at age 18 and learning how to live as independent adults. This program provides a variety of resources and support to youth who are now on their own, without the guidance of family or caseworkers. This program is imperative, because these youth represent an overlooked population in desperate need of help, and existing resources for them are extremely limited. The program’s goal is to provide the guidance and financial support which will enable these youth to live successful adult lives.

We work with CPS to identify and determine the needs of the youth we serve in the Guide to Thrive Program. We specifically partner with the CPS Preparation for Adult Living Unit (PAL) to identify teens and young adults who need support as they are preparing to leave the foster care system. The FACT Senior Program Manager works closely with each youth to create an individualized plan of personalized, immediate assistance for a wide range of needs, helping ensure they develop the life skills they need to become independent. They act as a mentor, communicating with each youth regularly to help with challenges and overcome barriers to success, and provide social and emotional support. The Guide to Thrive program also partners with various Central Texas colleges including UT Austin, Texas State, and ACC. We work with the foster care liaisons at each campus to ensure that the foster-care-alumni students are receiving the help they need to be successful in college.

To evaluate our work on this project, we track activities and progress toward goals by collecting data on all incoming requests, recording how and when they were fulfilled, along with county and age(s) served. Our evaluation includes review to ensure that funds are being spent appropriately and that we become aware of any new funding that becomes accessible to foster children. We maintain close communication with the community, including with youth in foster care, in order to identify gaps and where we can become involved in order to provide much-needed resources. We also track referrals and in-kind donations. Staff communicates regularly with CPS caseworkers, and community partners to gather feedback on the program's execution.

In 2022, FACT was able to support 3,774 children and youth in a 30 county service area. 2,661 children were impacted through our Daily Requests program. 152 young adults have been connected to resources though our Guide to Thrive program, 800 children were given backpacks with all the supplies they need to succeed in the school year, and 161 often forgotten teenagers had their entire holiday wish list fulfilled through our Toys for Teens program.

Financials

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FOSTER ANGELS OF CENTRAL TEXAS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Suzy Balagia

Leon Chen

Director

Thom Farrell

Past President

Cuatro Groos

Director

Richard Leshin

Director

MP Mueller

Director

Ted Oakley

Chairman Emeritus

Blair McBride

Secretary

Shannon Hicks

Director

Gary Valdez

Director

Allen Plunkett

Director

Suzy Balagia

President

Jon Berry

Treasurer

Patrick Flynn

Director

Matt Martin

Director

Steve Hicks

Director

Quan Cosby

Director

Jay Hanna

Director

John Hampton

Director

Stephanie Phillips

Director

Allison Edwards

Vice President

Sarah Smith

Co-Founder

Richard Suttle

Director

Eric Wright

Director

Robin Ward del Conte

Director

Danielle Delgadillo

Director

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability