The goal and heart of our mission is to help the children of foster care through advocacy and programs designed to meet some of the toughest challenges facing them. While normalcy may not seem like something attainable we feel it is an important goal that we work towards.
One way, as an organization, that we try to pursue this is through our Fosterships program. It is designed to afford them the same opportunities experienced by the peers they are surrounded by. Few outside the foster network, and maybe just as few within, are aware that the state allocated budget for extracurricular activities for a child in care is 200 dollars annually. For anyone with a child enrolled in a sports or art activity you understand the extent (or lack thereof) this will accomplish.
Through Fosterships we seek the opportunity for character growth for these children that comes with such activities. We attempt to help by offering scholarships to foster families to ease the financial burdens that accompany. We partner with community businesses to make this a possibility for as many children as we can. In providing this assistance we are hopeful it is one more way a child in care is able to feel like they belong where they are in this season of life.
If you are a foster parent interested in applying for a Fostership you can find the application here Just complete and return to your Home Development worker.
If you feel led to help in any way with this program, please reach out and let us know: