Ticket to Dream works to ensure foster kids enter the school year with the school supplies they need to keep up in the classroom.

With over 200,000 school-aged children in foster care we need your help ensure foster kids can succeed in school whether learning at home or in the classroom. Across the country schools are developing plans on how students will learn this fall, but we know digital learning and less sharing supplies will mean students need back to school essentials more than ever.

Did you know? The average youth in foster care experiences 3 home changes and loses up to 6 months of academic progress with each move. They are already facing an uphill academic battle; the last thing they should be worried about is making sure they have the correct school supplies.

Helping ensure foster youth have what they need to learn allows them the best chance of catching up, building self-esteem and getting excited for the new year. There are many ways you can help; whether it is shopping online for foster youth’s school needs, making a donation to help purchase these items, or hosting a virtual fundraiser.

Every pencil and dollar helps foster kids start the school year right!

Ways to Help

Donate or shop online to help outfit local foster youth with backpacks, paper, pens, glue and all the school supplies they need for the new school year.

Together we can ensure foster kids have the tools they need in the classroom. Your online donations also allow foster youth the rare treat to shop for school essentials themselves, an experience that builds excitement and self-worth.

Rally your friends, family, coworkers, church or team to collect school supplies this summer.

It’s fun and easy just spread the word and once you’ve collected your school supplies, email us at to be directed to the drop-off location nearest you. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram to inspire others.

Questions? We’re here to help.

Hosting an online fundraiser goes great for those in your tribe who would rather contribute money, or you can host a stand-alone fundraiser.

Starting a fundraiser is easy to do, and it’s fun! We’ll even give you all the tools you’ll need to make a difference, just set up your fundraiser below and share away. Help us show foster teens that we are rooting them on to graduation!

NEW! Become a Sponsor

In Sacramento: Our Back to School Bash is returning in July 2022! Sponsor this fun-filled celebration of summer and family bonding. Your sponsorship will help 150 local foster youth get ready for the new school year by outfitting them with all the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.

Nationwide: Help foster youth across the country go back to school with confidence by becoming a Back to School sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities available for companies of all sizes. Email us for more information.

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