Our Annual Report
For more than 25 years, You Gotta Believe (YGB) has connected the most vulnerable kids in the foster care system to the permanent loving families they need and deserve.
Family is at the heart of everything we do at You Gotta Believe. It centers us in uncertain times and guides us in every decision we make. As we grow and expand the organization, we remain firmly rooted in our unwavering belief that a permanent, loving family is the solution for every youth waiting in the foster care system.
2021 was a transitional year at YGB, as we continued to weather the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic while expanding programs. Here are just a few of the many accomplishments you helped make possible:
- We achieved a 69% increase in the number of youth we connected to permanent loving families.
- We significantly ramped up parent training classes, meaning more parents are ready to be matched to youth in need of families!
- We launched a free-of-charge, Adoption Competent Therapy program available to all YGB families, providing mental health services for negotiating challenges unique to adoptive families.
This report highlights more of our 2021 work toward the day when no young person leaves foster care without a family’s unconditional lifetime commitment. While our mission is driven here in New York, our work inspires from coast to coast. That’s evident in the diversity of our supporters who connect with our mission from all over the country.
For example, in March, our friends at Discovery Inc. established the Willie Garson Fund at YGB to honor the legacy of our late Advisory Board member and fellow permanency advocate. Through this fund, we are launching our new Garson Advocate Program and educating folks around the world on the importance of permanency for youth in foster care.
I invite you to learn more about our work, our families, and the truly transformative impact we make together. We are bolstered by your support and cannot do what we do without you. Thank you for being part of our YGB Family!
Join us as a possible parent, a young person seeking family, or as a believer that it’s never too late for family!
You can do it!