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Filling the Foster Care Gap with Tech


On March 7, 2023 Shruti Jayaraman, Chicago Beyond’s Chief Investment Officer, joined Shanté Elliot, founder of TasselTurn, and Marvell Joiner, Impact Fellow of TasselTurn, for a session that explored how technology can fill the gap to remain a constant network of support, led by an individual with lived experience in the foster care system.

In 2018, one third of all children entering foster care were young people of color, with 23% identifying as Black – almost twice the percentage of Black children in the total US population. Today, there are more than 400k children in foster care nationwide. This disruption in a student’s life creates insurmountable barriers to success.