Monday, September 10, 2012

Get Involved!

The above link has more specific information about becoming a foster parent and some links to get you started in finding an agency in your area. Depending on where you live there may be a choice between going with a private Foster Family Agency and with the public County Agency, each has it’s advantages and it will ultimately be up to you and what is the best fit for your family. My heart is to help and guide those that are looking into foster care so you are more than welcome to message me with specific questions!  : )

Become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate):
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Royal Family Kids Camps':
Royal Family Kids' Camps is a faith-based residential summer camp for children 7 to 11 years old.  For one week, abused and neglected children from the foster care system experience wholesome affection, undivided attention and unconditional love.
Volunteer at an RFKC in your area or participate by helping with the many things the camps need to make them as special as they are. Camps are always looking for groups to sew quilts to put on campers beds (that they get to keep!) or groups to put together birthday boxes to give to the kids on "every body's birthday."

Log in to the Camellia Network:
Camellia Network harnesses the power of new technology to connect youth "aging out" of the foster care system with a community of resources, opportunities, encouragement and support. Youth have profiles on the site, giving them a place to express themselves, share their goals for the future and articulate what they need to be successful. Individuals and companies from across the country are able to collectively provide the support these young people lack by offering up doses of encouragement, career advice, professional connections, and financial support to help them navigate their way into adulthood. – 
Flying Colors is looking for pen pals to "use letters to impact the lives of foster children within the borders of America, to give them a piece of hope that puts a smile on their face during a time they need it most."

Help the My Stuff Bags Foundation:
The My Stuff Bags Foundation provides new belongings, comfort and hope to thousands of foster children each year. They are looking for items to fill the bags, individuals to make blankets, as well as monetary donations to help with shipping and to maintain their Southern California wearhouse.  They are also looking for individuals that can donate time to help stuff the bags at their wearhouse in Westlake Village. 

If you have a resource or some other way that others can get involved with Foster Children please message me so that I can include it here. Thanks!

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