PORT ST. LUCIE — The Kathryn A. Basile Foster a Dream Foundation contributed $10,000 to Communities Connected for Kids late last year in the foundation’s ongoing effort to keep youth in foster care on an academic path to success.
The foundation – established in 2010 to help meet the unfunded needs of youth aging out of foster care – made the award in November to help youth pay for high-school graduation expenses, college campus visits and other costs associated with making the transition into independence.
Foster a Dream to date has served 142 young people, many of whom have gone on to pursue a college education. In fact, 95.65 percent of young adults in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties aged out of care with some sort of educational achievement – either graduating or currently attending high school or enrolled in post-secondary education.
“The foundation helps these young people meet graduation and school expenses that ordinarily would be handled by family. That helps normalize the foster-care experience,” said Christina Kaiser, community relations director for Communities Connected for Kids.
Since it was created in 2010 in memory of child advocate Kathryn A. Basile, Foster a Dream has contributed more than $80,000 and helped 142 teenagers and young adults in foster care.
To learn more about Communities Connected for Kids, visit www.cckids.net or go to www.fosteradreamfoundation.org.