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    Sept. 6, 2023, 2:26 p.m.

    Empowering Futures: A Shopping Spree for College Foster Youth


    Navigating the journey from foster care to higher education is no small feat. Nationally, only 10% of foster youth achieve a college degree due to financial and emotional challenges. However, events like this shopping spree, fueled by Macy's support, break down those barriers, offering not just material resources but hope and empowerment.

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    Sept. 6, 2023, 10:39 a.m.

    Transforming Lives: The American Industries Scholarship

    Family Fellowship

    In the world of scholarships and opportunities, there exists a remarkable initiative known as the American Industries Scholarship. While this scholarship might not be a household name, its impact on the lives of young individuals, particularly those from foster care backgrounds, is nothing short of life-changing. Today, we'd like to introduce you to Rafael, a resilient young man who has been profoundly affected by this program.

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    Aug. 15, 2023, 8:35 a.m.

    10 Students Selected for Foster Love's 2023 Family Fellowship Scholarship Program

    Philanthropy Family Fellowship Events Recap

    Foster Love has announced the 10 deserving students who have been chosen for their Family Fellowship College Scholarship Program. This one-of-a-kind scholarship provides eligible former and current foster youth with up to $60,000 towards their college expenses. We are proud to recognize these students for their tenacity, hard work, and determination. Not only do we provide financial support, but we also offer exciting rafting excursions and college readiness classes with our staff. The Family Fellowship is the largest college scholarship available for youth aging out of the foster care system in America. These students represent the future and we are thrilled to be a part of their journey.

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    Aug. 3, 2023, 7:13 a.m.

    Celebrating Success: A Look Back at the Inaugural Foster Love Gala

    Philanthropy Events Recap

    The inaugural Foster Love Gala was a resounding success, raising both money and awareness for the foster care community. With 15 years of hard work and dedication behind us, it was truly a joy to celebrate our achievements and reflect on the impact we have made so far. From the countless volunteers and donors who have supported us along the way to the many new faces we met at the gala, we are excited to continue changing the world for children in foster care.

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    July 27, 2023, 8:40 a.m.

    Advocating for Foster Care Community: The Social Advocacy Award

    Philanthropy Recap

    The foster care community is often overlooked and underrepresented in our society. Foster children and families face many challenges that require the unwavering support and advocacy of individuals and organizations alike. Advocating for the needs of the foster care community is not just important, but imperative.

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    July 20, 2023, 8:26 a.m.

    Celebrating the Founder's Award and the Extraordinary Achievements of Hope and Robert F. Smith

    Philanthropy Recap

    During the momentous inaugural Foster Love Gala held on July 13th of this year, it was with utmost pleasure that we bestowed the prestigious Founders Award upon the remarkable change-makers Hope and Robert F. Smith. This well-deserved recognition stands as a testament to the extraordinary positive impact they have made in the lives of at-risk individuals and families. The compassionate work of both Hope and Robert F. Smith has left an indelible mark on countless lives. From spearheading pivotal and unprecedented academic opportunities for at-risk youth to engaging in far-reaching philanthropic initiatives that enhance community health globally, their profound dedication has uplifted the lives of thousands of vulnerable individuals in need of support. As we celebrate these inspiring achievements, let us take a closer look at the qualities and actions that truly make Hope and Robert F. Smith deserving recipients of the coveted Founders Award.

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    May 26, 2023, 11:02 a.m.

    Disney Days at Walt Disney World Blog

    Disney Days Feel Good Friday Events Recap

    We cannot thank our community enough for making Disney Days at Walt Disney World truly magical. Every year, we are amazed by the support shown towards this event and this year was no exception. Thanks to you, we were able to reunite 100 siblings who are separated in foster care. It truly was a labor of love, one that would not have been possible without the dedication and selflessness of our volunteers, donors, and agency partners. Your contributions allowed us to make unforgettable memories for these children and their families.

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    May 24, 2023, 12:34 p.m.

    How To Become a Foster Parent - The 5 Step Guide


    Unlock the Possibilities of Becoming a Foster Parent

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    Sept. 29, 2022, 11:10 a.m.

    Thank You For Making Disney Days 2022 Magical


    Thank You For Making Disney Days 2022 Magical Thank you for making Disney Days 2022 magical. Without the support of our community, reunification events like Disney Days would not be possible. Together, we raised enough funds to take 207 siblings separated by their foster care placement to Disneyland. This labor of love is only possible…

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    Sept. 9, 2022, 1:35 p.m.

    Former Foster Youth Shares Her Experience as a Teen in Foster Care


    There is a common misconception that teens and older children are more difficult to foster than other age groups. Although there can be challenging situations we know that most teens and older children in foster care just want a safe home and someone who cares about them! Today we’re happy to share the story of…

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    July 28, 2022, 1:33 p.m.

    FAQ for Disney Days 2023

    Uncategorized Disney Days Resources

    To help answer your questions here is the FAQ for Disney Days 2023! Q. How Did Disney Days Start? A. 10 years ago our founder Danny decided to take some kids in foster care to Disneyland for his birthday. Rather than accepting gifts, his friends helped him fundraise and donate towards the first unofficial Disney Days. Q.…

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  • June 2, 2022

    7 Fun Activities To Stay Cool This Summer With Your Foster Family

    7 fun activities to stay cool this summer with your foster family. Enjoy these hot takes from Foster Love - Together We Rise leading foster care nonprofit.

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  • June 2, 2022

    7 Bonding Activities To Do With Your Foster Family

    Try these 7 bonding activities to do with your foster family. Foster Love - Together We Rise is a nationwide children’s nonprofit helping foster families.

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    May 24, 2022, 3:09 p.m.

    Five Things Foster Parents Should Know About Safeguarding Kids’ Digital Safety


    Foster youth are more vulnerable to digital crime in a number of ways. They face a different set of challenges compared to other children, which means their personal information may be more likely to be compromised online, and are at higher risk of falling victim to identity theft. Additionally, foster youth often move around a…

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    May 11, 2022, 9:26 p.m.

    Five Things Foster Youth Should Know About Digital Safety


    Children have always been attractive targets of digital thieves. They have clean, typically unmonitored credit reports that offer criminals ample time to cause substantial damage to the child’s credit. Often, this fraud goes unnoticed until the victim reaches adulthood and applies for their first credit card, job, home, or anything else that might require a…

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    April 27, 2022, 5:41 p.m.

    An Unexpected Adoption Journey

    Adoption Stories

    An Unexpected Adoption Journey Have you ever considered adoption? Many people feel a calling to adopt or make the decision as a couple to share their love and forever family. Or sometimes life just throws you a curveball! This is exactly what happened when Tracey received a phone call that led to her unexpected adoption…

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    April 21, 2022, 10:05 p.m.

    Verition Partners with Together We Rise to Support Foster Youth

    Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building

    Foster Love - Together We Rise is only as strong as its volunteers and partners. Without their support and dedication, we would not be able to reach as many foster youth nationwide. One of our greatest joys is connecting with organizations that want to make a difference in their community. Verition Fund Management LLC (“Verition”) is one of…

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    April 21, 2022, 5:45 p.m.

    Concrete Collaborative Partners With Together We Rise Bringing New Office To Life

    Uncategorized Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy

    Concrete Collaborative Partners With Foster Love - Together We Rise Bringing New Office To Life Foster Love - Together We Rise is constantly growing and adapting to the needs of the foster care community. Thanks to our supporters we’ve been able to expand our HQ in Brea, creating a multipurpose space for events and resources. Danny, our founder, and CEO is…

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    April 20, 2022, 7:11 p.m.

    Blended Family Fosters and Adopts Five Siblings

    Adoption Stories Recap

    Blended Family Fosters and Adopts Five Siblings Looking after a big family can be hard work but it can also be immensely rewarding. Just ask Kevin and Roberta! These two married in November 2020 and brought their four children together to create a happy blended family. But the adventure didn’t stop there! Kevin and Roberta…

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    April 19, 2022, 6:29 p.m.

    Moms Going Through Reunification


    Mother’s Day is a special day to celebrate all mothers. But for moms going through reunification it can be a difficult time. The weeks leading up to Mother’s day can be a bittersweet reminder of the time lost with their children. Every day can be a small battle to meet their assigned goals. As a…

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    April 15, 2022, 9:33 p.m.

    Q&A With Former Foster Youth Turned Author Jessica C.

    With Foster Care Awareness Month just around the corner, we wanted to lift the voices of former foster youth. Part of the goal of Foster Care Awareness Month is to shed light on the lived experiences of those who’ve been in the foster care system. Today we spoke with Jessica C. an author and advocate…

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  • April 12, 2022

    Graduation Season For Foster Youth

    Graduation Season For Foster Youth It’s that time of year again! Graduation season is in full swing, and thousands of foster youth are moving on to the next chapter in their lives. We want to congratulate current and former foster youth graduates who have worked hard and studied for long hours over the years! We’re…

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    April 8, 2022, 10:53 p.m.

    Q&A with Kent Bennett from the LA Department of Children & Family Services

    Q&A with Kent Bennett from the LA Department of Children & Family Services Foster Love - Together We Rise is able to reach foster youth because of our amazing foster agency partners across the United States. A secondary goal to our mission is to uplift and educate people about what is actually happening within the foster care community.…

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    April 6, 2022, 10:36 p.m.

    6 Summer Activities for Foster Families


    6 Summer Activities for Foster Families We all have fond memories of childhood summers. Hanging out with friends all day long or laughing while doing fun activities with our families. The first day of summer vacation is every kid’s favorite day! Summer activities also provide the perfect opportunity for foster families to bond and make…

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    April 6, 2022, 10:08 p.m.

    4 Ways to Show Appreciation to Foster Moms


    4 Ways to Show Appreciation to Foster Moms For many people, Mother’s Day is a special day to celebrate the important women in their lives. There are many foster moms who go above and beyond to provide love and support for every child in their foster home. If you know a foster mom, one of…

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