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Foster Love

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*This program is not currently running but will resume in fall semester*

What is Foster Love?

Foster Love is a program that connects foster care children in the community with one another to help build friendships and strengthen social skills. This program is open to foster care children as well as the biological/adopted children of the foster family. It is an after-school program that will take place in the Wilkinson Center and other areas around BYU campus. Activities will include indoor group games, crafts, team building activities, outdoor games, field trips to the MOA and the Bean Museum, and other recreational activities. Foster Love meets on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:30 p.m.

How do I get involved?

Follow the steps under 'Training' to start the process of getting involved!


For each of the following forms, you will need to print and sign it. We cannot accept electronic signatures. You may deliver it to the Y-Serve office (2330 WSC), mail it to the address on the form, or scan the form/take a picture of it and email it back to us (

1. Fill out the Parent Enrollment Form
2. Fill out the Parent Consent Form 
3. Fill out the Photo Consent/Object Form

4. Parents or Legal Guardians are responsible for bringing the children and picking them up at a designated time (4:00-5:30 pm) and location at BYU where the volunteers will be (Wilkinson Center round about off of 900 E).

Volunteer Commitment:

We ask that our student volunteers commit to helping twice a month (approximately 3-4 hours/month). Foster Love volunteers meet at the Y-Serve office at 3:45pm on Wednesdays.



1. Register as a volunteer by filling out this form.

2. You will need to fill out a BYU Background check by clicking here before volunteering. For the orientation mentioned in the background check instructions, simply contact the Executive Director to inform them of your intent to volunteer with Foster Love. Honor Code standing will also be checked.

3. Because you are working with children, you will also need to complete an online training in Minor Protection Training BYU’s Y-Train. It should only take 25 minutes. Once you receive the certificate of completion by email, please forward it to

4. Once steps 1-3 are finished, please come by the Y-Serve office (across from the Cougareat) during one of the program director's office hours for a quick, 15-minute in-person training. Then you are ready to volunteer!


Available by email at

Sydney Poulsen, Executive Director

(210) 800-7876
Office Hour: Mondays 9:00-10:00 AM

Kaitlyn Pankratz

(507) 218-5280

Katie Stratford

(801) 935-1026

Julie Traverso

(774) 601-4316