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Fostering Success

aka Fostering Success   |   Naples, FL   |  www.fosteringsuccess.net

Mission

Providing educational and enrichment opportunities that enable foster children to reach their full potential.

Ruling year info

2000

Principal Officer

Ann Hughes

Main address

3050 Horseshoe Drive N. Unit 260

Naples, FL 34104 USA

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Formerly known as

Foster Care Council of Southwest Florida

Friends of Foster Children Forever

EIN

59-3598933

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Foster Care (P32)

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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?

Tutoring/Academic Mentoring

Friends of Foster Children has four major programs to benefit foster children. On average, foster children are set back six months academically every time they experience a placement change or other traumatic event. Nationwide only 50 percent of foster children graduate high school.  Our tutoring/academic mentoring program provides individualized one-to-one tutoring services (most are retired or current teachers).  100 of the high school students in the Friends of Foster Children program have graduated. The children are tutored after school two to three times per week. The tutor stays with the child for as long as needed and often our tutors/academic mentors are the only constant contact these children have in their lives.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Ready for Kindergarten helps the youngest foster children, from infancy to 5-years old, attend quality early learning centers and be prepared to enter kindergarten. Early learning centers expose children to a language-rich setting and offer activities that promote math and reading skills. A child's earliest years are the foundation of their future development, providing a strong basis for lifelong learning, and cognitive and social development. Through Ready for Kindergarten referrals to identify potential developmental delays are also conducted.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Friends of Foster Children Forever offers enrichment opportunities for foster children to take part in a wide-range of after-school clubs and activities such as karate, dance, gymnastics, sports teams as well as band and music lessons.  These activities help the children discover new skills, develop individual talents and realize personal goals.   In the summer months we enroll the kids in a variety of summer camps.   For many of these children it is the first time they have ever been to camp where they can learn new things, explore, have fun and create lasting memories.  In December we hold a Christmas and Hanukkah Gift Store where foster parents can pick up gifts to give to the foster children to make their holidays special.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Emergency Backpacks - Are used to provide 2 to 3 days of emergency personal supplies to foster children when they are removed in times of crisis.  The new backpacks include a blanket, small pillow, pajamas, underwear, and outfit for school, toothbrush, toiletries, a book cuddly toy and basic school supplies.   

Supplies - Fostering Success distributes cribs, beds, diapers, clothing, dressers, backpacks and school supplies to foster children.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

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 students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Tutoring/Academic Mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA-3)

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Tutoring/Academic Mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assessments are done when the children first enter the tutoring program and are tested every six months to track improvement.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens, Children

Related Program

Tutoring/Academic Mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Fostering Success saw a 100% improved test scores for the children in two core subjects.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Goals: To assist as many foster children and post-foster children so they may graduate high school and break the cycle.

We have 50 tutors connecting and teaching our foster children so they can succeed in school.

In order for Fostering Success to continually meeting the greatest needs and not duplicate services, the staff and board work closely with the agencies serving foster children including the Children’s Network, Collier County Public Schools, David Lawrence Center, Health Care Network, and Laces of Love. The program staff meets weekly to review cases and conduct outreach.  

Fostering Success places more emphasis on making direct connections to the children and to their caregivers.  In the past year, we have developed direct, sustainable relationships with the teachers and principals in the schools, the Guardian ad Litem, the tutors, the caregivers, and the children themselves. This approach is more sustainable for the long term as it positions Fostering Success as the trusted "Go-to" resource for children and their caregivers.

Fostering Success works closely with other nonprofit organizations to make the greatest impact in helping families.

Over 750 foster children receive support through our programs annually. 220 foster children grades K-12 benefit from individual tutoring and 94% have improved their scores in at least two core subjects. 230 foster children between the ages of 0-5 have been enrolled in Early Learning Centers with the opportunity to access developmental screenings, and assessments. This increased enrollment of foster children to 70% of all new cases.  This is one of the highest enrollment rates nationwide.

The high school seniors in the Academic Mentoring Program have a 100% graduation rate and 100% have gone on to college.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Fostering Success

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elaine Rubin Moorin

Dr. Rebecca Lambert

Woodruff Institute

Doug Campbell

Retired

Craig Harrington

CPA

Jim Derham

Retired

Elaine Rubin Moorin

Retired

Mary Pisazrczyk

Retired

Brian Sawyer

Community Volunteer

Kathy VanOort

Community Volunteer

Janet Gable

Community Volunteer

Nancy Maddox

Three60 Market

Joe Jaffe

Retired

Carol Volpe

Retired

Denise Murphy

Naples Players & Spa

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/22/2023

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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