AOI Advocates

AOI Advocates are volunteers who call organizations that have programs that help prepare youth to age out of foster care, or support them after they have aged out, and tell them about Aging Out Institute. As part of these calls, the AOI Advocates encourage the organizations to add their program’s information to the AOI website database so that people who do searches using the AOI Search Form can find their programs.


In general, the requirements to be an AOI Advocate are:

  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • You must have some time during the weekdays to make phone calls on behalf of AOI.
  • You must have access to the Internet.
  • Being adept at conducting searches on the Internet is preferred.
  • Having a cell phone plan that includes unlimited phone calls (or a very high number of minutes) is helpful.

AOI Advocates do not have to be employed in the field of foster care, social work, child welfare, etc. We are looking for adults who have a passion for helping foster youth and are willing to support these youth in a non-direct way by assisting AOI with the growth of its program database.

Available Positions:

Below is a list of all states and whether their AOI Advocate volunteer positions are available or filled. There is one AOI Advocate volunteer position per state. (NOTE: The AOI Advocate volunteer position is new, so don’t be surprised if there are more states available than filled at this point.) If your state’s volunteer position is available and you are interested in volunteering, please send a note using the form at the bottom of the page.

Alabama: Available
Alaska: Available
Arizona: Available
Arkansas: Available
California: Available
Colorado: Shirley Wygal
Connecticut: Available
Delaware: Available
District of Columbia (Washington D.C.): Available
Florida: Available
Georgia: Available
Hawaii: Tentatively Filled
Idaho: Available
Illinois: Available
Indiana: Tentatively Filled
Iowa: Available
Kansas: Available
Kentucky: Available
Louisiana: Available
Maine: Available
Maryland: Available
Massachusetts: Available
Michigan: Available
Minnesota: Available
Mississippi: Available
Missouri: Available
Montana: Available
Nebraska: Available
Nevada: Available
New Hampshire: Available
New Jersey: Aymara Carpenter
New Mexico: Available
New York: Available
North Carolina: Available
North Dakota: Available
Ohio: Available
Oklahoma: Available
Oregon: Available
Pennsylvania: Available
Rhode Island: Available
South Carolina: Available
South Dakota: Available
Tennessee: Available
Texas: Shanna Robins-Donnell
Utah: Available
Vermont: Available
Virginia: Lauren Jackman
Washington: Available
West Virginia: Available
Wisconsin: Tentatively Filled
Wyoming: Available

Interested in volunteering as an AOI Advocate for your state? ┬áPlease fill out and submit this short form to let us know. We’ll be in touch with you soon.