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Help a Foster Child in 60 Seconds

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Currently, 513,000 children are in our country's foster care system--and many of them will end up facing life's challenges alone.

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May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, and we've found multiple opportunities for moms to get involved. Many families aren't able to take in a foster child--but that doesn't mean there isn't something they can do. With just a few minutes of your time, you can make a lifelong impact on a foster child's life. Here are some great ways to give back...

Only have a few minutes?
1.Learn the facts and gain understanding about foster care by visiting www.fostercaremonth.org.

2.Make a financial contribution to Rowell Foster Children--it doesn't matter how big or small.

3. Send a letter of encouragement to a foster child--just a little note can go a long way.

4. Send a care package to a foster child on holidays, or anytime. Visit Orphan Foundation of America to get more info.

5. Donate goods: Get rid of your old--or new--clothing, school supplies, shoes and books. Visit My Stuff Bags Foundation to see where you can send your stuff.

Have a few hours?
1.Volunteer at a foster care program: You can do this one or more times. Visit the Child Welfare League of America to see where you can help out.

2. Become a mentor: You can do it on a regular basis or every so often. Visit v Mentor for info on mentoring opportunities.

3. Are you a mental health professional? Open your practice to foster youth...they're likely to need it the most. Find a program near you.

4. Recognize a person or foster parent in your community in order to raise awareness in the neighborhood. Visit Foster Care Month to learn more about the foster care system.

5. Make a presentation to a school or congregation in your community. Check out these resources to learn how you can get involved.

A bigger time commitment?
1. Tutor a child: Because they often have to change schools or have social/behavioral challenges, being a tutor can be a huge help. Check out programs at your local YMCA.

2. Become a weekly mentor: Help youth with school work, prepare a resume, give them career advice. Want to find a program in your area?

3. Create a permanency pact: If you can't commit to being a foster parent, this secures a relationship between a foster child and an adult.

4. Dedicate yourself to a career in social work: It can be the most fulfilling job in the world! Visit the National Association of Social Workers.

5. Foster a child: The ultimate sacrifice. For more info, visit the National Foster Parent Association.


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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
Jane Marshall April 12, 2011, 8:32 AM

Thank you for this post. I heard a spot on the radio yesterday about “Help a Foster Child” and wanted to learn more. This post was PERFECT and now I know where to go for different areas of involvement!

Jane


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