Donate Luggage thanks the Department of Human Resources in Alabama for this list of ten ways you can help make life better for a child in foster care.
Ten Ways You Can Support Youth in Foster Care
1. Be a foster parent.
Make a real and lasting difference by sharing your home, time, energy, and love with a child, a youth, or a sibling group in need of a permanent home.
Interested? Contact Families 4 Alabama’s Kids at 1-866-4-AL-Kids or visit www.dhr.state.al.us
2. Be an adoptive parent.
An adopted child or youth offers the same joys and responsibilities as a birth child. Make a lifelong commitment to the well-being and progress of an adopted child.
Interested? Contact Families 4 Alabama’s Kids at 1-866-4-AL-Kids
3. Be a volunteer advocate in court.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are trained citizens appointed by judges to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.
Interested? Call CASA Network in Alabama at 1-877-625-2272
4. Be a mentor.
Mentors make a difference. Research shows that children and youth with mentors earn higher grades and report improved relationships with their friends and families.
Interested? Contact Mentor Alabama 1-888-356-2400 or visit http://www.ago.state.al.us/mentor/
5. Support foster youth in college and vocational school.
Giving scholarship money helps alumni of foster care pursue the education they dream about.
Interested? Contact the Orphan Foundation of America.
6. Provide employment and training opportunities.
Help a youth in foster care explore career options and find a job.
Interested? Contact the Department of Human Resources in your county.
7. Be an advocate for change.
Improve the lives of youth by educating and informing policy makers about the problems facing foster children in America.
Interested? Contact: Voice for Alabama’s Children at 1-800-444-5437 or 334-213-2410 or visit www.alavoices.org
8. Learn more about foster care and adoption.
Stay informed about foster care and child welfare issues.
Interested? Contact the Alabama Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, 1-888-545-2372 or visit www.afapa.org
9. Get involved with foster care in your local community.
Make connections with others who are working to improve outcomes for youth and families.
Interested? Contact the Department of Human Resources, Family Services Office in your county.
10. Contribute financially.
A donation, no matter the size, can make a big difference in the lives of families, youth, and children.
Interested? Donations made be made to the Alabama Foster Care Trust Fund. Call 334-242-9500 and ask for Office of Foster Care.