ALL IN Fostering Futures was founded in 2021 by Lynn Johnson
Former Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson created the ALL IN for Foster Adoption Challenge as a national call for partners in every state, including governors, agencies, courts, churches, community organizations, foster alumni, and the public, to commit to being ALL IN for finding “Forever Families” for the 117,000 waiting children in the foster care system. Lynn believes these are America’s children and with a combined strategy of primary prevention on the front end when families are struggling and need intervention, as well as communities wrapping around those who step up to adopt waiting youth, the 117,000 could rapidly be reduced to zero if everyone would focus on that number.
Lynn founded ALL IN Fostering Futures (AIFF) to continue her efforts in finding permanent, loving, and stable homes for children and youth in foster care. Her priority is to also establish a community and support system for alumni who were once in care.
Prior to her role at the Assistant Secretary with the US Department of Health and Human Services- Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Lynn served as the Executive Director of Jefferson County Department of Human Services in Colorado, beginning in 2007. She has won numerous awards for excellence in successful transformations of Human Services and customer service from local entities such as Signal Behavioral Health Network to the Francis T. Ishida Award for Excellence from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
ALL IN Fostering Futures empowers, develops, and mobilizes individuals and families through community, mentorship, and connection.
The ALL IN movement is a national call for partners, churches and individuals in every state to commit to being ALL IN for Children, youth and families in or at risk of being in the child welfare system and to care for foster alumni who have aged out or once been in the system.
ALL IN Fostering Futures (AIFF) is a non-profit resource and connector to child welfare and faith communities. AIFF is used to advance foster alumni engagement and give a voice to those with lived experience. We partner with non-profit organizations, faith communities, business, and government to equip these individuals with the tools to be successful. AIFF impacts foster alumni by preventing poverty, addiction, hunger, exploitation and incarceration. For many of these individuals by virtue of entering the system, they have experienced obstacles and challenges that often last a lifetime. AIFF strives to nourish healthy relationships that lead to mentorship and chosen families.
“I have been passionate about vulnerable children and their families all of my life. I truly believe in the dignity and respect of others no matter what the situation they are in or have encountered. I am excited to see the impact that ALL IN Fostering Futures will bring as we pray for the courage and ways we can stand up and speak up to serve those most at risk.”Lynn JohnsonPresident and Founder