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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Foster Care, Human Services, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: To strengthen the ability of foster families to meet the needs of their foster children by implementing a community based resource and education that can decrease abuse and neglect in foster care and the need for institutionalized care.

Programs: We gave free clothes, infant equipment and developmental resources to over 3,000 foster children in georgia's basic care and relative care foster homes. Infant equipment provides safe homes for foster children while developmental resources such as books provide educational opportunities. Other basic need items are distributed as well such as school supplies, toiletries and backpacks. For foster families outside the metro atlanta area, items are shipped to the relevant county dfacs office to be picked up.

we provided continuing education to many foster families by disseminating information on foster parenting, providing parent-to-parent support, and providing speakers on foster parenting topics.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 4

Our company supports Foster Care Support through volunteerism and financial contributions. Our employees find the work extremely satisfying and we find that many of our employees want to go back over and over again. The work this organization does with such a limited staff is both impressive and inspiring.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This non profit is truly a community effort with 5000 volunteers working it annually with limited staff.
With no government funds, FCSF partners and collaborates with other organizations such as the GA Family and Children's Services, Grands raising Grands and other relative care organizations to make sure these children have everyday clothing, toys, infant care equipment and normal items our own children take for granted. FCSF needs your sponsorships and the support from the communities to serve 3000 children each year. They provide about 10 million dollars value of in-kind items on a low budget of near $500,000. They need your help to reach more children not yet receiving their help. It's a true example of changing a child's life, one child at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church supports Rachel Ewald's Foster Care Support Foundation as one of our missions. At their call, I volunteered to help and have been more richly rewarded than I could have ever imagined. We are making a HUGE difference in the lives of these children who have had their roots pulled up. They are amazing stories of applied love and caring through this organization. This particular organization is not only non-profit, but nearly 100% volunteer. I love this charity and feel honored to be a part of such a worthwhile endeavor. " WE CAN HELP THESE CHILDREN."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered in the sorting room for all of the clothes for the children. The organizers for the day was very knowledgeable about what they wanted me and my group to do and where we could be most beneficial. I had a great time sorting and organizing the clothes for the foster children and their family.

I also got to see some of the foster family that benefit from the foundation.

This is a wonderful facility that is helping children all over the state of Georgia!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single grandparent raising grandchildren, and Rachel Ewald, Executive Director Foster Care Support Foundation, has graciously extended her services to include grandparents raising grandchildren families.
The staff which consists of all volunteers are all very professional, compassionate, helpful and energetic.
The experience is very overwhelming because of the level of generosity, care, concern, and acknowledgment of our needs.
We are allowed to come 3 times per year, and it is akin to shopping in our own private department store, as everything is that well organized. Clothing and shoes are all gently used or new ( all underwear and socks) and stylish enough that my teens, and college student, always find clothing they like.
Besides clothing, the children also receive bed linen, stuffed animals, back packs, and electronics.
I am also able to choose two gifts!
The financial blessings goes without saying, but the emotional and spiritual blessings are equally important.
Terryln Fulton

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this group helps so many children and it was super fun to work there. We were busy shopping for the children and sorting the clothing and making sure that the children coming here would have the very best choices. Everyone was cheerful and friendly. These kids go through so much and none of them asked to be put in this situation. What a blessing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to the Foster Care Support Foundation with little to no expectations as I was unsure about what they actually did. I was pleasantly surprised and very impressed with the level of service that they provide to Foster Care families. Each and every staff member that I encountered showed genuine care for the families that they were helping, and a true passion for the work that they were doing. As we walked around on a tour and they told us about the special activities and services that they provided, the looks on their faces was genuine, and again, their passion for providing these services nearly brought me to tears. I definitely would love to continue volunteering there and helping them bring joy to so many children and families.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was truly impressed by the organization's professionalism, the look of the facility and the awareness of the staff. The facility is organized well and proves to be a valuable asset to the foster care children in the state. Several families were making selections from the many choices available. The manner inwhich the volunteers are oriented to the faciity and given clear direction regarding the tasks to be completed is commendable. I t was a joy to volunteer and I look forward to returning.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

March 19th All Kids Count Gala is a great way to sponsor Georgia foster children . Download the reply card for tickets or sponsorships on the website at www.foster cares.org. This organization started in 1996 out of a garage to help support quality stable homes that wanted to help our children in crisis. With the help of the faith based and civic organizations, combined with businesses and the regular public, FCSF provides over $15 million worth of goods each year for under $400,000. WIth a handful of paid staff and over 30 volunteer regular staff, it manages 50 to 200 weekly volunteers to provide this service to the foster children for free. FCSF donates free clothing, toys and safe quality infant care equipment to over 3000 children throughout Georgia each year with no governmental funding. It's a we thing, not a me thing. We, together, with DFCS are a partnership that is improving the quality of care that the caseworkers can give to our children in crisis. We can and do make a difference. With this support, the caseworkers, foster families, and the children can only win! Providing training 8 times per year to enhance the education of caring for abused and neglected children with trained professionals in their fields can only help further the success of foster families caring for their foster child. The North Georgia Coalition is a partnership with DFCS, Fulton County to start, to recruit quality homes throughout our communities and faith based organizations and work directly with the DFCS caseworkers, the children and their families to improve reunification success rates and adoption success. Prom-A-Palooza, seen on World News tonight with Diane Sawyer in March of 2010 helps foster teens get to attend their own high school proms with dignity and hope but providing dresses, accessories, shoes and make up with application consultation for that special dream night at prom.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This innovative foundation is doing great work for some of the most critically at-risk children and teens in GA's communities.