Easy ways to help local foster kids without becoming a foster parent
posted by: Mile High Mamas
You have all seen the advertisements of the starving children in other countries, and had your heart break. You have donated via text to help the kids in Haiti, hoping to make a difference. You have sent Christmas treats to unknown kids in Africa, wanting to put a smile on a child’s face.
But what have you done for the orphaned, abused, and neglected child living down the street? You might not feel led to be a foster parent, but you are probably not against the idea of helping foster kids in some way. Yet, you don’t know how. In Colorado, there are approximately 7,921 kids in foster care. That is 7,921 kids who need clothes, shoes, toys, as well as things to do for fun. This is where moms like you step in.
Ways to help
There is a huge need right now, in all counties, for school supplies, and African-American hairstylists.
filled diaper bags
baby bath towels
non-perishable food items
birthday baskets (themed plates/napkins/cups/cake-mix)
birthday presents (please designate age)
kids’ clothes (please consider Human Services as a place to donate slightly-used clothing)
Packs of Hope (backpacks filled with a new outfit and pajamas for kids placed in foster care)
Be a mentor.
Help with “back-to-school” drive, sorting donations.
“Adopt” a child during the holidays, and provide meals and gifts.
Help with the once-a-month KIDS NIGHT OUT.*
Provide services, such as haircuts or tutoring.
Styling African-American hair
Provide home repair/maintenance
Transportation to visits
Prepare frozen meals
*KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: themed party, costumes, games, crafts – for all kids in out-of-home care
**Respite Care: providing care for foster kids while their foster parents go out on a date, or out of town. (this can be anywhere from 2 hours to 2 weeks)
Your business or church can provide the following:
Sporting event tickets, host a pizza party, room makeovers, home renovation
In most counties to be a volunteer with kids, it requires you to spend a morning or afternoon with the coordinator, and allow them to do a background check. If you are interested in helping foster kids in your area, please contact your county office immediately. The burden is heavy, and they need moms like us to help make a difference. The opportunities to help are endless, if we are willing to look outside our own front door and see the need down the street.
Children And Family Services Center
7401 North Broadway
Denver, CO 80221
Julie Schilling, LCSW
ACDHS Volunteer Coordinator/Community Liaison
Contact (303) 330-3450
Korina Keating Volunteer Coordinator
Guest blogger Stephanie Gardner is a wife and mom/foster mom of 5, who has made it her life’s purpose to find a cure for the “car-ride bickering.” Blogging about the journey of being foster mom at Drive Sideways, trying to enjoy every moment of her kids’ childhood, and adoring her husband are what keeps her days full.