OSW Resource Forum

A new way to connect individuals who have aged out of foster care with supportive adults!

Those who grew up in foster care are sometimes left making big - and little - decisions all on their own. Whether it is looking for an apartment or prepping for a job interview, many adults with lived experience find themselves Googling their way through life's many challenges.

At One Simple Wish, we have had many individuals express the need for support that goes beyond a wish that can be purchased - something as simple as having someone to bounce an idea off of, or who they can ask about navigating life as an adult - to creating and managing a household budget or applying to law school. It has always been a long-term goal of our organization to try and address this critical need.

What started as a seed of an idea has blossomed into the OSW Resource Forum - a program designed to connect non-monetary requests for support with a pre-screened group of advisors who are eager to help those individuals with lived foster care experience.

How to be a part of the resource forum:

How to get help - If you would like to request non-monetary support through the Resource Forum, you can access the Resource Forum here. This simple form can be completed on a phone, tablet, or computer, and we have OSW team members, including members with lived foster care experience, and our advisors standing by to help!

How to give help - Additionally, enrollment is still open to volunteer as an Advisor, and you can easily fill out the form from your phone, tablet, or computer here. Your willingness to be a part of this project is crucial for its success.

Members of the OSW Resource Forum Team include:

Jess Rorke, OSW Program Coordinator: Jess has worked in non-profit administration for 25 years, and is a foster and adoptive parent. She is committed to the mission of OSW, and is excited to see how this pilot program will grow, flourish and have an even deeper impact in the community OSW serves.

Faith Sharp, OSW Program Coordinator: Faith is a junior at Missouri State University, currently majoring in Political Science with hopes of pursuing a law degree in the future. At 16 she entered the foster care system and her life was forever changed. After attending the National Foster Youth Institute Congressional Shadow Day, her passion for advocating for those in foster care was ignited. She had the opportunity to speak at the Angels Arms Gala, a Saint Louis non-profit, and has continued to work with them. She is also a CASA advocate in the Greene County area. Faith hopes to continue her foster care advocacy journey and cannot wait to see where it takes her.

Please reach out to any member of the team at [email protected] with any questions.