#LuggageAndLove @CWLA @TogetherWeRise @NAEHCY


You are not trash. Your stuff is not trash. You are a child of the world, freer and stronger and more aware than most kids your age. You are not alone and you are not unloved. Let this luggage help you stand with strength and feel the love and adventure and wonder all around you. Safe travels.
— @TiphaniLynn

Want to support the nearly 2300 kids in Montana's foster care system? Consider becoming a foster parent, join us for #LuggageAndLove drives across the state, or support kids phasing out of the foster care system access education and job opportunities so they can have the best start in their independent lives through the initiatives of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. 

No child deserves a trash bag.
— Together We Rise

A $25 donation can help Together We Rise provide a duffle bag and care package to children in need across the US. With 500,000 children in the foster care system in our country, trashing the trash bags would require $2 million dollars; a small price to pay to improve the chances of success in life for our foster kids - the only way to stop the cycle of poverty, drug abuse, homelessness, and violence that caused us to take them into our care in the first place. 

Let your voice be heard in the #100Days4Kids campaign from the Child Welfare League of America (@CWLA). It's time to have a national discussion about child protection and foster care in the United States.  

Chafee Foster Care Independence Program

The Montana Foster Care Independence Program (MTCFCIP) is a part of the Child and Family Services Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services. It serves youth phasing out of the foster care system (from age 14-21), who are less likely to earn a high school diploma or GED and less likely to find a stable and safe independent lifestyle. They are more likely to become homeless or have kids early.

The services offered by the Foster Care Independence Program help Montana foster youth get the life skills and find the support they need to make a successful transition into adulthood.

Montana has over 3,000 homeless K-12 students; they could be "doubled up" with friends and relatives due to hardship, living in hotels, motels, shelters, camps, or even cars. These youth are highly mobile and frequently experience education disruption and academic challenges.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction has been working to support the educational needs of these students through the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program (EHCY), which has funded programs and liaisons in Billings, Bozeman/Belgrade, Browning, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell/Evergreen, Missoula, and Sidney.

There is more work to be done so that these students don't just survive, but thrive in school, succeed in college, and become innovators in our workforce. 

@NAEHCY is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting education and protecting educational rights for youth experiencing homelessness, by raising awareness, supporting new state and federal policy initiatives, and by strengthening community services.