PO Box 106

Copiague, NY, USA


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Why Sponsor

Young people who have aged out of foster care have serious educational deficits.  Securing a good paying job today typically requires more than a high school diploma.  Yet the college attendance rate of young people who have aged out of foster care is estimated at only 10%, compared with a graduate rate of 60% of all adults 25 or older.  Paying for college is a problem for many students, but it is an even bigger challenge for youth in foster care.  Few are able to save much money while in care, and most don't have family members they can tap for financial support.  Once a youth has begun college, it's important to provide continuing assistance.  Many have no one to call upon for advice about what courses to choose, let alone a place to stay over school holidays, when dorms are often closed.  Youth also need help meeting start up needs as well as help with maintaining housing as these youth can't count on moms and dads and aunts and uncles to provide them with hand-me-down appliances and furniture.  Many young people who have lived in foster or group homes are unlikely to understand the logistics of maintaining a household and could benefit from mentoring on issues like energy conservation, hidden phone charges, security and maintenance.

How to Sponsor A Teen Mom
  • $50 provides a pack of diapers and a pack of baby wipes to a teen parent.

  • $60 covers the cost of attending our weekly program, transportation, snacks, childcare

  • $500 provides mentor training to ensure that the relationship between a teen mom and mentor is successful.

  • $1250 provides a one-year sponsorship for a two-year college or rental assistance as well as one-on-one mentoring.

  • $2500 provides a one-year scholarship for a four-year college or rental assistance as well as one-on-one mentoring.

Sponsor Criteria
  • Sponsor agrees to a multi-year commitment to see a teen mom through college graduation or obtaining and securing housing.

  • Sponsor agrees to attend a one-time mentor training

  • Sponsor agrees to undergo a background check

  • Complete and  submit an application and undergo an interview.​​

  • Sponsor agrees to a mentoring relationship with a teen mom

  • Must be 25+ 

  • Cannot be currently receiving drug or alcohol abuse treatment

  • Cannot currently have an open CPS case involving you or anyone in your household

  • Sponsor lives in the Long Island area:however individuals, organizations and business located anywhere can provide financial only sponsorships to make college or obtaining housing a reality for a teen mom.  If interested  in a financial only sponsorship, please contact Charlotte Fulmore at charlotte@fosteringfootprints.org or 516-387-0150. 

  • The application process is open and the deadline to apply is June 1, 2018 for the 2018/2019 year.  Click the PDF(shown below) and email the application to info@fosteringfootprints.org, Subject line "MENTOR." 

Please open PDF download and print Mentor application.

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