Alumni Stories: our why

Here at Cut it Forward HQs we firmly believe that this work must start with those who have the lived experiences of growing up in foster & adoptive care, and who have faced ethnic hair and skin care barriers directly. This is why we have developed a committee of foster and adoptive alumni to ensure that everything we do is centered and purposeful in addressing the need of ethnic hair and skin care resources for the families we serve. In this video the committee shares the importance of adequate hair and skin care resources for youth of color from their personal perspectives. We are so proud of their bravery and dedication to improving the systems that serve our youth. #fosterforward


Breanna Mitchell, a journalism and ballet performance double major from the The University of Oklahoma, is covering a news story on Cut It Forward’s mission and efforts to bridge the gap between youth of color in foster care and adoption and their hygienic needs. Thank you to Breanna and Bruce Waight, our Barber Director here at Cut It Forward, for helping us spread the message!

If you’d like to help be a part of our mission you can do so by visiting our website at to see ways you can donate supplies or make a monetary donation! As always Rooted Barber + Shop is our permanent drop off location for new hair tools and products.


Check out our episode on The Positive Truth podcast! We had so much fun sharing the CIF mission and goals, and engaging in positive dialogue with our new friends! #cutitforward

2018 Year-End Review

2018 was a big year for us! After years of planning, collaborating, advocating, and volunteering to address the Ethnic hair and skin care needs for foster and adopted youth of color, our vision has come into fruition. Cut it Forward would not have been possible with out the many angels who have donated, volunteered, supported, and cheered us on along the way. Here is a snapshot of some of our biggest moments in 2018. We are so excited for what 2019 has in store as we continue to design resources for Ethnic hair and skin care support for our brothers and sisters and foster and adoptive care, and their caregivers. Happy 2019! #cutitforward

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Community Story | Cut it Forward Hair + Skin Care Drive for Foster & Adopted Youth of Color

We are so grateful to the OKC GOOD team for capturing and sharing our mission so beautifully. Check it out and support foster and adoptive youth of color today by donating a product through our drive until 12/8!
Off The Hook Seafood & More
Kris Koffee Beauty
Rooted Barber + Shop
Aja Bleu Cafe and TakeAway
Pivot - A Turning Point for Youth
Citizens Caring for Children

Caring for Their Crowns

We are absolutely honored to have had the opportunity to sit down with Carla of The Oklahoman and share our mission and product drive! Pick up today’s Oklahoman for the full story or check out the full story here. Big thanks to everyone supporting the drive and to our partner drop-off locations! 
Off The Hook Seafood & More 
Kris Koffee Beauty
Aja Bleu Cafe and TakeAway
Rooted Barber + Shop


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Ethnic hair and skin product drive

Our Teen Service Board has launched it's first project: the Ethnic Hair and Skin Care Product Drive! This drive has a goal to collect ethnic products for our community partners' pantries at Pivot Youth Shelter, Citizen's Caring for Children, and Northcare. Each of these agencies serves foster and/or adopted youth and have had struggles accessing products that meet their families' needs. We are grateful to collaborate with our amazing partner drop-off locations where you can donate a skin or hair care product through the duration of the drive!