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The late Mark and Barbara Fried

Think back to when you were a young adult, ready to enter college or the working world. What did you expect from your future? What did the people in your life who cared about you expect you to accomplish? Chances are you had big hopes and dreams, and plenty of people who were ready to help you achieve them.

For foster youth, this time brings many challenges. Finding a place to live, getting transportation and navigating the college application process can seem overwhelming and insurmountable, especially when you face it alone.

You can help foster powerful change. Great Expectations is a foster youth’s best hope for becoming an independent, productive member of society. Your contribution makes a difference – for foster youth and for our communities.

Please explore to learn more.

Why give?

We know what the consequences are when foster youth don’t make a successful transition to living on their own. Fortunately, we have the solution.

Program overview

Great Expectations is an initiative of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE). Great Expectations offers individualized support for foster teens as they finish high school, leave their foster homes and transition to living on their own. Learn how it works.

Leadership: Former Director Anne Holton

Former First Lady Anne Holton joined the VFCCE in January 2013 and led the Great Expectations initiative for a year. Find out more  here.

In The News

Great Expectations is on the move. Check out what’s happening with the program across Virginia.


Our Great Expectations partners are vital to serving Virginia’s foster youth. Hear why they participate and check out some of the upcoming events that support our programs.

Success stories

Meet some of the foster youth who have made the transition successfully and are on their way to achieving their goals with the help of Great Expectations. Read some of our success stories below:

A major initiative of The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
Virginia's Community Colleges
Funded in part by the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation