Fair Futures is a comprehensive model that serves young people who have been in the New York City foster care system from 6th grade through age 26. The model includes a robust middle school program that prepares students for success in high school and a long-term coaching program from 9th grade until age 26 that includes individualized coaching, 1:1 tutoring, and comprehensive academic, career development, housing, and independent living supports.

The Fair Futures model was developed through a 1.5 year-long research project that included the expertise of New York City’s executive and program-level leadership in child welfare, education, workforce development, and youth development. The model’s services and service-delivery are based on best practice programs in NYC and evidence-based national models that serve young people in foster care. 

The Foster Care Excellence Fund foundations funded the infrastructure needed to implement the Fair Futures model citywide, including the creation of the materials below. Those foundations include the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the Redlich Horwitz Foundation, the Tiger Foundation, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

These materials are downloadable and will be updated every 3-6 months, and as major changes occur. Thank you to all who contributed!

Goals & Steps Framework

Manual Part 2:
Fair Futures Middle School Model

Manual Part 3:
Fair Futures Coaching Model
(9th Grade Through Age 26)

Tools and Materials