Our History

Our History

Our History

Fostering Success (previously known as Friends of Foster Children Forever) was established in 1999 by Cathy and Stan Appelbaum and Lynn and Les Schultzel.

The first year, the organization was staffed by one part-time director and a few dedicated volunteers. They helped dozens of children by providing clothing, bicycles and toys.

Today, we have 7 full-time employees, 50 academic mentors, and over 125 volunteers.

Our Timeline

  • 1999 – Friends of Foster Children was established
  • 2006 – Education Train program was created (tutoring service)
  • 2013 – Education Train changes to Academic Mentoring
    • 2014 – Fostering Transitions program launches for children with closed cases for 18 months after closure.
    • 2014? – started serving Hendry/Glades
  • 2016 – Friends of Foster Children partners with Florida Gulf Coast University
  • 2017 – Ready for Kindergarten begins.
  • 2019 – Services are expanded from helping children from birth to 18 to birth to 23 years of age.
  • 2020 – Scholarship program launched.
  • 2020 – Remote tutoring begins expanding services to children outside southwest Florida.
  • 2022 – Thriving After Care, independent living program is created.
  • 2023 – Friends of Foster Children Forever becomes Fostering Success.
  • 2024 – Fostering Success celebrates 25 years of service