The National Foster Care Coalition is an amazing organization in Washington, D.C.
The NFCC has spelled it out for you, whether you live in D.C., the surrounding areas, or anywhere across the U.S. There is so much good that you can do for foster kids. From the NFCC website:
SUPPORT FOSTER YOUTH — YOU CAN HELP
There are so many ways you can help children and teens in care. These are just a few ideas:
- Your contributions of time and money can make the difference.
- Become a foster or adoptive parent. Caring families are especially needed for older youth, siblings, and children with special needs.
- Mentor a young person. Research shows that children and youth with mentors earn higher grades and improve their relationships with friends and families.
- Hold a donation drive to collect clothing, books, toys, computers, sports equipment, musical instruments, and school supplies for distribution to children in foster care.
- Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers are trained citizens appointed by judges to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children.
- Tutor a child. Because they often must change schools or have social/behavioral challenges to overcome, youth in foster care frequently require extra academic support.
- Create or contribute to scholarship funds that help youth in foster care cover the costs of higher education or cultural enrichment classes.
- Become a licensed respite care provider as a way of providing support to foster families in your neighborhood.
- Donate to an organization that helps foster families.
- Host a foster child for a weekend, providing respite to a foster family.
- Help an older child or youth find an adoptive family.
You can take the lead in making a better community for families, children, and teens.
- Discount or donate products and services for foster families such as dental care, health screenings, admission to entertainment and recreational facilities, gym memberships, family photographs, restaurant gift certificates, and more.
- Establish a scholarship fund for a young person who is making the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency.
- Become a career mentor to a foster youth. Research shows that young people with a foster care experience are vulnerable to unemployment and underemployment when they age out of care.
- Match donations from employees and customers (or allocate a percentage of proceeds from sales) during the month of May, National Foster Care Month.
- Offer vocational skills training, résumé writing, and interviewing workshops, job coaching, internships and part-time or full-time employment opportunities to foster youth who are entering the workplace.
National Foster Care Coalition
605 North Carolina Avenue, SE, Unit #2
Washington, D.C. 20003