About Utah Kids Belong

Utah Kids Belong started in 2020, as a pilot of America’s Kids Belong. Our mission is to improve the experiences and outcomes for kids in Utah’s foster care system.

Our programs include:

Family Recruitment

I Belong Project

Our flagship video storytelling project gives a face and voice to kids in foster care who are legally free to be adopted and helps connect them with prospective adoptive families and forever homes.

Community Engagement

Foster Friendly Businesses

Through our innovative Foster Friendly App area businesses can lend valuable community support to kinship and foster parents by creating an offer or services to lend valuable support as they care for kids.

Sustainable Change

Foster Friendly Faith Communities

Our Foster Friendly App also helps families locate faith communities that are welcoming and supportive of kinship and foster families, not just in Utah, but nationwide.


Our Utah Team

Melissa Cannon-Johnson

Melissa Cannon-Johnson

State Director

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

Creative Director

Rachelle Castor - Utah Foster Friendly Manager

Melissa Cannon-Johnson

Foster Friendly Manager

Brynn Bailey - manager Utah

Brynn Bailey

Manager