May 12, 2022
Our latest Grantee Spotlight, situated in the context of Foster Care Month, offers profound insights from Sixto Cancel, chief executive officer and founder of Think of Us, a nonprofit organization that works to promote systems change for foster care. In this riveting conversation with the Doris Duke Foundation's senior program officer for child well-being, Rumeli Banik, Cancel speaks to the transformative opportunity in ensuring those with firsthand experience with the child welfare system are involved in the designing, imagining and building of the solutions. Cancel talks about how his personal journey with the foster care system led him on a quest to fix the system, how and why Think of Us evolved from a tech nonprofit to a systems change one, and the reason his organization developed the Center for Lived Experience. Launching today with support from the Doris Duke Foundation, the Center for Lived Experience is a groundbreaking research, policy and community initiative that integrates the insights, data and leadership of people with lived experience in the foster care system.
Watch "Reimagining Foster Care: Putting Those with Lived Experience at the Head of the Decision-making Table" above.