The Kraus Gill Fund (Berks County Angel Fund)

The Kraus Gill Fund (Berks County Angel Fund)

Susan E. Kraus and Robert W. Gill are founders of Pennsylvania Forensic Associates, an organization aimed at promoting community safety by pursuing the end of sexual exploitation and offenses through education, direct treatment, and working with law enforcement agencies. As a result, they have counseled many children and families in the foster care system and know that the transition from foster care to total financial independence can be extremely difficult. The Susan E. Kraus/Robert W. Gill Fund awards grants to help ease the shift out of the foster care system – in particular, for community college costs or to help pay for transitional housing. Gill said that “Many former foster children are eligible for state or federal aid for college or career training, but they’re unable to take advantage of it because they don’t have the money they need for a critical expense, such as a computer or textbooks, or a security deposit for an apartment they can otherwise afford.” The grants are available for those over the age of 18 who are from the Berks County foster care system, and who plan to attend community college (though those from neighboring areas or different educational tracks are eligible to apply as well). According to Kraus, “If a grant from the fund can help them get on their feet, then we’ve accomplished what we set out to do.”