Participation Eligibility

 

  • To be eligible to participate in the AOI Awards program, the applicant must be:
    • a foster parent or couple currently active in the system and in good standing with their state;
    • a houseparent, houseparent couple, or staff member who works with foster youth in a group home; or
    • a representative of an organization (nonprofit, social enterprise, or agency) that provides services for youth aging out of foster care.
  • There are four award categories: Education, Employment, Housing, and Relationships.
    • Each application must focus on one category.
    • You may submit up more than one application if more than one category is addressed by your program, or if you run more than one program that address different categories.
    • If you apply for an award in more than one category and can demonstrate that the program represented in one category directly supports a program in another category, there will be space in each application to provide an explanation of that crossover impact.
    • If you apply for an award in all four categories, you will be considered for a special award that recognizes holistic support of foster youth as they transition to adulthood.
  • To apply in 2018, programs/services/strategies must have been implemented with current or former foster youth for at least two years, including all of 2016 and 2017. This timeframe allows for both the implementation of the applicant’s program, as well as sufficient time to determine if the program has been successful.
  • If not selected for an AOI Award in 2018, applicants may updated and resubmit their application in succeeding years.
  • If you win an award, you may not submit an award application for the same program in the same category/subcategory combination in any subsequent year.