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Rapid Response is a safety net program for college students with foster care experience that quickly addresses the challenges threatening a youth's ability to transition to and through college in pursuit of a career.

We partner with higher education institutions and government service providers as we address educational inequality in the foster care community. As an authorized partner, organizations can refer eligible students to Rapid Response for emergency funding that addresses basic needs such as technology to access college courses, educational expenses, utilities, grocery support, and more.

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Foster Love has partnered with private donors, college foster care support organizations and government agencies to deliver over $8 million dollars in academic assistance directly to college students.

  • Rapid Response expenses
  • Impact in Action
  • Technology Assistance
  • States we have supported
  • Foundation Partners

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To qualify for Rapid Response funding, the student must be referred by an authorized referral partner.

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Apply to become a partner agency and learn how to refer students for basic needs assistance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the safety net program work?

Your program must first apply to become an authorized referral partner. Approved partners will then be able to refer students to Foster Love. We then assess the student’s needs and provide the resources necessary to address the students’ requests.

What are the eligibility requirements to access the program?

All of the following criteria must be met:

  • Individuals must be a current or former foster youth age 17 or older regardless of their length of time in care. (For eligibility purposes, foster care status includes kinship care, adoption, and probation youth with an order for out-of-home placement).
  • Individuals currently enrolled at college or university regardless of credit attainment, GPA, or academic standing. High school and GED seniors may qualify for this program with limited funding.
  • The eligible student has an urgent need that, if not addressed, would prevent them from continuing with their college education.

No exceptions will be made for individuals that do not meet the eligibility criteria. Students will not be eligible to self-refer. No age cap is placed on the student applicant.

What is the purpose of the Rapid Response Program?

A safety net program for college students with foster care experience that provides flexible resources to quickly address the challenges threatening the student's ability to transition to and through college.

What types of expenses will the program pay for?

The program provides basic needs support including housing, meal assistance, educational technology, transportation, personal utilities, and other urgent needs related to the student's academic success.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact RR@togetherwerise.org or submit an inquiry through our Contact Us page. A Foster Love team member will promptly respond to each inquiry. Office hours are from Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm Pacific Standard Time.

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