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February 2004Vol. 5, No. 1Funds for Transition from Foster Care to Independence

The Andrus Family Fund (AFF) supports projects and programs that promote positive social change through transition. One of the foundation's primary focuses is supporting successful transitions for youth from foster care to independence, especially through programs that go beyond job placement to career track planning, and beyond high school diploma equivalency to achieving postsecondary education goals.

Grantees must be willing to explore and incorporate William Bridges’ transition model as it applies to the transition from foster care to independence. Interested applicants should submit an AFF application form that includes a two- to three-page letter of inquiry. Applications are accepted year round and reviewed quarterly.

Recent grants (for up to $300,000) have been made to a number of programs that promote the transition to independence, including the Black Ensemble Theater (Chicago), the Buckeye Ranch (Grove, Ohio), the Independent Living Resource Center (New York), and the Oregon Social Learning Center. AFF does not fund provide funds to individuals, nor does it fund endowments, capital improvements, scholarships, or loans.

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For more on the needs of foster youth, see "White House Task Force Report Targets Foster Youth," "Casey Foster Alumni Achieve Success in High School Graduation, Employment," and "Foster Youth Help Develop Curriculum and Provide Training for Child Welfare Workers" in this issue.