FOOTSTEPS THROUGH FOSTER CARE
This is a brand new program of Children’s Action Network
and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI).
Inspired by real stories, “Footsteps Through Foster Care: Experience the Journey” is an interactive walk-through
exhibit that transports individuals into the life scenes of children who spent their formative years in the U.S. foster care system.
Videos, photo images, and set design will allow individuals to step into the life experiences, challenges and triumphs of a child
in U.S. foster care.
Following their experience, individuals will be presented with an opportunity to take action and impact the lives of these
children by becoming a mentor, Court Appointed Special Advocate, foster parent or adoptive parent of the 463,000
children currently in foster care in the U.S. Launched in Washington, D.C. at an event with Members of Congress and the
Administration in May of 2011 (National Foster Care Month), the exhibit will tour at least three U.S. cities before its final
destination in Los Angeles in November of 2011 (National Adoption Month). Complementing the physical exhibit will be
a state-of-the-art, interactive website allowing individuals who cannot attend one of the tour events the opportunity to
“virtually experience” the exhibit and respond with the same action steps outlined above.
The Congressional Coalition works to raise awareness of children in need of permanent homes and to eliminate
bureaucratic barriers to adoption. Working with CCAI, we are now in the process of soliciting
a corporate sponsor for the project.