Mission: To strengthen youth and families through high quality preventative, support services and transition services.
Programs: The following services were provided in furtherance of the organization's mission: voluntary case management to prevent families from becoming involved in the child welfare system; services for foster youth transitioning to adulthood; resource family support services including a warm line, monthly support groups, training for resource families, respite; and enhancements for foster children that include education, athletics, sports, dance, special events, travel and special projects; hosted one large-scale annual event for foster children and their families (2,000 individuals) to honor children in foster care and serve as a thank you to families who welcome foster children into their homes; through use of community volunteers, coordinated visits between siblings who are separated in the foster care system; guided high school seniors in foster care in preparing for and entering post-secondary education or vocational training; provided safety to children removed from their parents for alleged abuse and neglect; provided recruitment of adoptive families for children in long-term foster care; recruited and trained volunteer mentors to assist youth transition out of foster care; provided group services to foster youth to help prevent substance abuse, hiv/aids, std's and other risky behavior; improved the quality of foster care by empowering families through information, skills and support utilizing a resource family organization. Provided prevention, support and transition services to children and families with an emphasis on children at risk. Served approximately 4,000 persons.
I grew up as the third child in a middle class family of six. I always felt I was loved unconditionally and felt safe and secure in my family home. Never, ever, did I expect to be uprooted from my family or my home!
Well, foster children are uprooted from their homes! These children have left everything familiar to them and are taken to a strange place where they will now live. The horrible truth is there is NO CURE for this!
I thought I was aware of how the foster care system worked. I thought the system provided the foster child with all their needs-from clothing to food. That is not the case at all for the foster child. Not every foster child has a foster family that would have their best interest in mind. I have learned that foster children need so much more support. I realized they need and deserve the same support I would give my own children!
I know now that there is much to assist in helping the foster care system that is why I volunteer and give to Friends of Foster Kids. I found that this wonderful organization supports the foster children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. Friends of Foster Kids provides “Christmas “ to foster children and also provides essentials to college bound foster children and assists foster children who are transitioning into independent living.
Friends of Foster Kids is a 100% volunteer organization. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Their Federal Tax ID is: #26-3886394
I support this organization and ask others to help through donations and spreading the word. Please help this organization – “Together we can change lives…one child at a time.”