SaySo, Strong Able Youth Speaking Out, is a statewide association of youth aged 14 to 24 who are or have been in the out-of-home care system that is based in North Carolina. This includes all types of substitute care, including foster care, group homes, and mental health placements.
Founded in 1998 by a stakeholder group of older youths in care, adult caregivers, and adult professionals, SaySo has been recognized with respect in North Carolina and nationally as a youth driven advocacy organization. Our founding members felt youths needed to be more involved in advocating and policy development for young people in substitute care. For a more complete history, see SaySo History .
In 2002, with the support of the Fenwick Foundation, SaySo became an incorporated, private, non-profit organization with approved 501c3 status. (A copy of our IRS status can provided as needed.)
Our FEIN is: 71-5478864.
411 Andrews Road, Suite 140
Durham, NC 27705