Supporting Foster Youth

Our Plan

On January 1st, I decided to schedule a race to motivate me to keep exercising. Since I had also resolved to serve more frequently, I was looking for 10ks that benefitted worthy causes. The one I decided on is the Hope4kids Run and Festival. This is an awesome event that supports foster youth. As I researched it more, I realized that I wanted to do more than run, I wanted to help. Unfortunately, there are more than 1,000 kids in my county who need foster care, and this festival is an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to support these kids. I’m so excited about this event that I decided to get a Family Service Club booth. We ordered a banner and a giant tent (which is going to be a great permanent addition to our backyard), and we are going to collect donations of backpacks and gift cards to bless kids in foster care.

race

Want to do something like this in your area?

You don’t have to buy a tent or start a club to support foster youth. Here are some ideas on how to get involved.

1. Build a care package for a child in foster care: Check out Foster Care 2 Success for details on how you can send a care package to a child in need. They even have a Red Scarf project where you can use your knitting skills to benefit kids in foster care.

2. Host a donation drive: Treehouse for Kids is an excellent organization that supports foster kids, and they outline specifics about how to host a donation drive. Let us know how it goes!

3. Learn more: Check out organizations like Home Forever and Fostercare.com to learn more about foster care and how you can help.

4. (Optional): Share your experience: post pictures and ideas on our Facebook page, or share a “success story” with us on the blog. The more we talk about service, the more other people want to be a part of the fun.

Resources

It can be difficult to talk to our kids about the fact that other kids are in foster care, but I believe that it is important for them to be aware of what is going on in the world so they can develop compassion. Here are a few resources that might be helpful. If you know of any others, please share them!

Book

Maybe Days: This book is geared towards kids who are already in foster care, but it can also be helpful for parents considering foster care.

Video

Home is Where I Make It: This video was created by foster children in order to “bring a positive light to all of the brave children fighting for their place to call home.”

I haven’t personally fostered a child, but I know a great friend who has, and I have so much respect for everyone involved in loving kids by fostering them. Let’s all work together to make kids in foster care feel acknowledged, loved, and supported. If you have any thoughts on this post, or if you have other ideas about how we can show love, please let us know. Also, if you are interested, click here to start a club of your own.  Thank you so much for reading, and let’s go love people on purpose.

 

About Kellie Van Atta

Kellie Van Atta is a wife, a mom of two, and a teacher of English. She lives in Southern California and is passionately dedicated to teaching her kids to love others.

6 comments on “Supporting Foster Youth

  1. These sound like fun ways to support the foster youth in your town. Not everyone is able to foster, but everyone can do something! Thanks so much for this great post!

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