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You are invited to enter FosterClub's CREATIVE EXPRESSION contest! Art, poetry, music, essays - and any other creative outlet - are encouraged that capture the theme: "What Family Means to Me".  For young people in foster care, family connections can be difficult. Some young people have been separated from family or have strained family relationships. Some foster youth are looking for family connections - either finding relatives or seeking an adoptive family. And other young people may be seeking to repair or strengthen family relationships - with siblings, grandparents, or biological parents. We want your creative expressions about your own experience with what family means to you! Win up to $100 for your work!

For any young person up to age 24. Submissions can take the form of essays, poems, original music, original artwork, or any other method of creative expression that convey their experiences and feelings about the importance of family connections. A foster parent, caseworker, family member or other adult may help students develop an entry, though the actual content should be the youth's own work.


  • Deadline is August 20th, 2016.

  • If youth are submitting an essay, poem, or other type of writing, it must be under 500 words, in English (or include an English translation of the original work), and, if possible, typed in 12-point font, and double-spaced with 1-inch margins.  

  • Video submissions should be no more than 2 minutes long.

  • Any young person up to age 24 who has experienced foster care, including kinship (living with relatives), is eligible to apply.

Submissions must be sent by email, (If you have trouble submitting this way, please contact Ryan at FosterClub at 503-717-1552). In your email, also include the following information :

  • Full name of artist (only first name will be shared publicly)

  • Age of artist (will be shared publicly)

  • Address of artist (only the STATE will be shared publicly)

  • Short summary of foster care experience (will NOT be shared publicly)

  • Email address

  • Phone number

  • Name of a supportive adult, including their phone number, that we can contact to confirm your age and foster care status

  • Any additional information you would like us to know about the work

There will be up to 3 major winners. Recognition may be given to additional entries of merit. Winners' works will be displayed on and may be shared in displays at events hosted by FosterClub. Prize categories are following:

Grand Prize: $100
2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize: $50

Runners-up: FosterClub gear

All winners will receive a FosterClub Creative Expression Contest Award Certificate.

Aug 3, 2016 By Ryan FC