The need for Rise Above is greater than ever.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on youth in foster care we serve and is compounding their trauma. Social distancing has torn away the network of supports- therapists, coaches, social workers, teachers, guidance counselors, psychiatrists- that youth in foster care depend on for stability. No longer being able to have visits with biological family members, including siblings placed …

Sit Down to Rise Above: Virtual Mindfulness Opportunities

We’re pleased to join with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education to offer a very special series of virtual mindfulness sessions! Join us for a session just for teens in foster care, just for young adults who have experienced foster care, just for foster parents, or just for social workers. Click the link to register: -Just for foster parents 5/19: https://bit.ly/35GWBxD -Just for social …

Welcome home, Saffron

Saffron grew up in foster care and is currently a full-time student while also working part-time. Everyone who knows Saffron is incredibly proud of her and all that she’s accomplished! That’s why earlier this week, thanks to our friends at Pelletier Properties, we were proud to furnish Saffron’s first apartment with everything she needs- from furniture to curtains to cleaning supplies …

Spring College Care Packages

In April, 200+ College Care Packages will be packed up and shipped out to college students who grew up in foster care. Each care package will be filled to the brim with dorm snacks, hygiene and school supplies, and gift cards. Want to help?  Now through March 31st we’re accepting donations snacks, gift cards and other dorm goodies to add …

“Football helps me do better on school work”

“Thank you Rise Above for helping me buy football stuff,” Jandel wrote to us. “I played football many years before being in foster care and I am happy I can still play. I like to play defense but this year I play both offense and defense.” Jandel added, “Playing football helps me do better on school work.”

Go Maria!

Maria is running the Dublin Marathon and she has decided to raise money for Rise Above. “To inspire me and help me get through the long training runs I decided to dedicate my participation in this marathon to kids who are in foster care,” says Maria. ” I cannot reach all 10,000 of them, but I hope to help a …

Celebrating 10 Years of Impact

Rise Above’s 10 Year Birthday Party was held on Saturday, May 18th in Worcester, MA and was huge success! The evening featured live music, a silent auction, great food and drinks, lots of birthday fun… AND raised more than $70,000 for the children in foster care we serve! Thank you to the many individuals and businesses that contributed, attended and …

Call for video stories

Help us celebrate 10 years of impact by sharing your story! Now through May 5th, we’re collecting stories from youth, foster parents, social workers, mentors and advocates about how Rise Above has made an impact in your life, your child’s life, or a child in foster care who you know. Shoot a short message (just a few seconds to about …

Special delivery for John!

Seventeen-year-old John is a gifted musician and was invited to join a band as their new bassist. But John is also in foster care, which means he didn’t have a bass guitar and amp or the means to buy them. We’re so grateful to our partners at Instrumental Angels for hooking John up with a pretty awesome guitar and amp! His …

Nominate a child for our American Girl event

We’re honored to partner with American Girl in Natick, MA to once again host an evening at the American Girl Store just for children in foster care on Friday, March 8th. Participants will receive their very own American Girl Doll, a visit to the doll salon, dinner, activities and more great goodies! This event is open to children ages 5-12 who …