As a kid in foster care, it's easy to slip through the cracks. With unmanageable caseloads, it seems impossible for social workers to have meaningful check-ins with every kid, every day. Enter Foxter.
What it does
Foxter allows foster youth to complete short, daily check-ins that provide case managers with essential data for all the kids they serve.
Foxter questions were developed with 5 research-based concerns in mind:
Basic Needs School Attendance Academic Performance (reading volume) General wellbeing Safety
The Foxter check in asks the following questions:
- Did you eat breakfast/lunch/dinner
- Did you go to school today?
- How many minutes did you read today
- Rate your day overall (from great to awful)
- Speech-to-text or text box
Data Case managers can see the data in a variety of ways, including for individual kids over time or daily snapshots that show how all kids answered a specific question.
How we built it
We used android and twilio.
Challenges we ran into
Our biggest challenge was time. Brainstorming took longer than we thought it would.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are pretty excited that the infrastructure behind Foxter is pretty low maintenance, meaning it could likely be available at no cost to the county.
What we learned
That one day can make a huge difference <3
What's next for Foxster?
We'd love for it to be used to help foster kids in San Mateo County (and beyond)!