Open Source Foster Care: A Crazy Idea

“We must figure out what no one else has figured out.” — Dr. Jamie Schwandt

Executive Summary

  • Principles of Open Source Foster Care
  • Public Engagement
  • Crowdsourcing in Foster Care
  • Transparency in Foster Care
  • Foster Care University
  • Declaration of Interdependence

Principles of Open Source Foster Care

“Open Source Foster Care is Radical Innovation!” — Dr. Jamie Schwandt

  1. Open government: public engagement and participation in the creation of policy.
  2. Open collaboration: coordinated and goal-oriented interaction seeking innovation in the foster care system.
  3. Open content: everything is open — rules, regulations, policy, and finances.
  4. Radical Innovation: lastly, no idea is off the table and we must look for radical and revolutionary ideas… we must figure out what no one else has figured out!

Public Engagement

“Speech is power: speech is to persuade to convert, to compel.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Crowdsourcing in Foster Care

“Crowdsourcing is a great way to approach creation because in any given point there’s always somebody on the Internet who knows something better than you do.” — Guy Kawasaki

  1. Fund the creation of schools, such as the National Schoolhouse of Theater Arts (NSTA) — a school for foster children.
  2. Fund the building of infrastructure for the foster care system.
  3. Fund Social Worker salaries.
  4. Fund Foster Parent salaries (the creation of the professional foster parent).
  5. Fund the foster care system itself (along with the Foster Care Bond)!

Transparency in Foster Care


“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” — Dalai Lama

Foster Care University

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” — Victor Hugo

Declaration of Interdependence

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” — Thomas Jefferson



Revolutionary and radical ideas for transforming the foster care system.

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Dr. Jamie Schwandt

Dr. Schwandt (Ed.D.) is an American author, L6S master black belt, and red teamer.