ABOUT

Our History

What do you do when you learn your son has a life-threatening disease? 

If you are Shellie Nichol Chandar, you start a non-profit organization, and call it Hope's Not a Crime. That was 2014.  

Hope's Not a Crime has evolved into Project Foster Care -- an initiative focused on the hopes and dreams of children in foster care who have been freed for adoption and on the people who love and care for them.


Our Priorities

help foster children freed for adoption find loving families



improve access to mental health services for foster parents



educate & mobilize the public to change a shattered system


Our Activities

  • Support and train foster parents and professionals
  • Collect and distribute items needed by foster families in collaboration with other non-profit organizations
  • Mentor young adults who grew up in the foster system to a successful life
  • Give voice to warriors on the front lines of foster care through blogs, podcasts, and educational videos
  • Help children freed for adoption find loving families by working with like-minded agencies throughout the United States, raising the profile of every child
  • Work to ensure access to mental health services for people in the foster care community


Our Board

Project Foster Care is led by a small board of people with varied backgrounds, interests, and talents, but all committed to helping people touched by deficiencies in the foster care system.  

  • Shellie Nichol Chandar, Founder and CEO
  • Debbie Stankovich, President
  • Irene Clements, Vice President
  • Renee Lo, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Kathy Riley, Board Member
  • Bruce Wagnitz, Board Member

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, click here for more information.


Our Funding

Project Foster Care receives no federal or state funding.  We operate entirely on donations from individuals and businesses.


Our Expenses

Project Foster Care is committed to keeping overhead to a minimum, and using the greatest percentage possible for our charitable purpose.  Our creative leadership team capitalizes on free opportunities to raise awareness, and appreciates the many in-kind contributions of people who share our vision.  


Our Legal Status

Hope’s Not a Crime was organized as a 501(c)3 organization and recognized as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service in 2014.  Your gifts may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.  Always consult with your tax advisors and/or the Internal Revenue Service to determine whether a contribution is deductible.