Advocacy and support looks different to everyone. Glance through this list, then explore any ideas that match your interests, skills, and availability.
Become a CASA or Guardian ad litem (GAL) and help the nearly 700,000 children who experience abuse or neglect each year to have their voices heard. Instead of playing with neighbors and making happy family memories, they’re attending court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes and transitioning to new schools. That’s a heavy burden for a child to carry. With a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteer dedicated to their case, America’s most vulnerable children will have someone speaking up for their best interests. With your support, more children will have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.
Go ahead and get your foster care license. Once you do, you will be able to provide respite care to other foster families, and you will be qualified to provide emergency foster care. Emergency care can mean having a foster child in your home for anywhere from 24 hours to 30 days, so your availability will help fill a vital need without the need for a long-term commitment.
Though Project Foster Care is not a religious organization, many Foster Care Warriors are people of faith who believe in the power of prayer. You can start by praying for the children, even before they are placed into a foster home. Pray for smooth transitions and comfort. Engage others and pray for specific needs of the child, especially that obstacles and hurdles will be easily overcome. And, pray for his or her foster family. Pray that they will receive the strength, wisdom, and compassion to minister to their foster child.
Rainbow Rooms stocks items such as diapers, formula, car seats, clothing, hygiene products, and other necessesities. Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers tap this reource when children arrive to the foster or adoptive home with little or nothing. Check the website for ways to help in your neighborhood.
Children expereincing a life transition often need additional academic support. Tutoring is a terrific way to use your expertise as a retired educator to help chidren be successful in school.
Contact your local public and private schools for referrals.
You may remember how much you appreciated having someone prepare meals for you when you children were born. If so, you can appreciate the impact that taking in a foster child has on a family.
While friends and neighbors are able to concentrate on a smooth transition, tending to challenges, and filling out the copious amount of paperwork, you can be organizing a meal train.