262. How Centering Lived Experience is Transforming the Child Welfare System - Sixto Cancel

We Are For Good Podcast - The Podcast for Nonprofits

Apr 27 2022 • 45 mins

Meet Sixto. He's been advocating for change at the intersection of child welfare and advanced technology since the age of 16. His lived experience in foster care fuels his passion for shifting system policy and practice through the use of technology, data & unyielding compassion. This Founder and CEO of Think of Us is directing this progressive nonprofit to end institutional placements and reform our foster care system by listening, gathering & activating.


  • Sixto’s story and journey to where he is today (3:00)
  • Prioritizing kinship care in the system (10:00)
  • Overview of Think of Us (14:00)
  • Leveraging research and amassing a huge database to make the change happen (18:00)
  • Shifting the power dynamics in the child welfare system (24:00)
  • Check for Us Initiative (28:00)
  • A powerful moment of philanthropy in Sixto’s life (36:00)
  • Sixto’s One Good Thing: Stay in joy. (40:00)

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