Monthly Archives: November 2010

Holiday Wish List

If you live in Arkansas, you can help fulfill the holiday wish of a foster child. From the Helena-Daily World: For most, the Holiday Season is a time of joy and fellowship with friends and families. But for some it can be a time of difficulty and loneliness, especially for a foster child who will be spending the holidays without his/her own family. “The Phillips County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Children and Family Services of Helena … Continue reading

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Sweet Home Alabama

A huge shoutout to Alabama’s Department of Human Resources, which has published  Ten Ways You Can Support Youth in Foster Care. This is a treasure trove of ideas and contact numbers. Click here or to the right on “Alabama” for more information. This list is truly a model for what we can do, no matter where we live, to help infants, children and teens in foster care.

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Alaska Children’s Trust

I am so grateful to the Alaska Children’s Trust, which has put together a Community Resource Kit on how you can help foster children in Alaska. From donating luggage to Alaska foster kids to providing respite care or even becoming a foster parent, the Community Resource Kit offers great ideas that I hope will be shared in every state!

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You Can Help a Foster Child in California

Did you know that one in five U.S. foster children live in the state of California? I grew up in the system and all along–as I kid–I knew there were other foster kids out there but I had no idea how many. Today, more than 80,000 foster children live in California’s foster families, group homes and institutions. Their ages range from newborn to teens. Some will spend a few months in care, others will “graduate” from the system as adults. … Continue reading

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National Adoption Day

Today is the day that hundreds of youngsters–from infants to teens–will leave foster care to become adopted. Today  is National Adoption Day. Across the country judges are volunteering their time to hold special court sessions finalizing adoptions. From the National Adoption Day website: National Adoption Day is a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for courts to open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care. Since 2000, more than 30,000 children have … Continue reading

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Oregon Toy Drive for Foster Children

Our heroes at Sleep Country are doing a world of good and if you live in Oregon you can help, too! Sleep Country’s Secret Santa Toy Drive is on now and will run through December 12th. Sleep Country is collecting new, unwrapped toys for girls and boys, babies and teens. Find the nearest Sleep Country by using the store locator or simply call 1-888-88-SLEEP (1-888-887-5337).

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Helping Foster Children “Carry On”

One of the most amazing examples we’ve seen of true collaboration on behalf of children in foster care is in West Virginia. Credit goes to many, but especially Mission West Virginia’s public relations director, Carrie Robey, who developed the “Carry On” program after witnessing a small boy, moving from one foster home to another, carrying all his belongings in a trash bag. Today, numerous organizations are working together to gather new and gently used luggage for foster kids. These are our … Continue reading

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Foster Care and Homelessness

What does homelessness have to do with foster care? Unfortunately, the two are closely linked. This year, more than 20,000 youngsters will leave foster care with nowhere to go. All too often, the streets become their “new home.” Students at the University of Omaha are making a difference in the lives of homeless youth. Their goal this year is to collect and fill 100+ backpacks for homeless youth. Imagine not have the very basics like a toothbrush or socks. Our … Continue reading

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Beanie Babies Make a Difference

Imagine going to court as a child. It can feel overwhelming. Having a Beanie Baby to hold onto can provide comfort for a child on the way to court. You can help by contributing a new Beanie Baby to Adoption Connection. The Iowa adoption agency collects Beanie Babies all year around, so you may even consider holding a drive in your area! From Iowa KidsNet: November is National Adoption Month!  In celebration, Adoption Connection, an Ankeny adoption agency, is sponsoring its annual drive … Continue reading

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