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To increase public awareness of the crisis many families and youth in Los Angeles County are currently facing in foster care. We do this through activities including advocacy work as well as at events where attendees can stop by and learn more at our lawn table.
To improve the quality of lives of children and youth in foster care, homeless, incarcerated or under the supervision of probation through the provision of direct services to the children or to the agencies serving them.
To improve the quality of the lives of children and young people in foster care, homeless, incarcerated or under the supervision of probation through system changes.
Please join Foster Care Project and our partnering agency RaiseaChild on Wednesday, December 1, at 6:00 p.m. for a fun and informal online information session about becoming a foster parent, from the comfort of your own home. Discover the benefits of building loving families for foster children. Learn all about the process, including the top ten benefits of becoming a foster or foster-to-adopt parent. You’ll meet RaiseAChild parents and hear about the best agencies to help you build or expand your family. If you’re just beginning to think about fostering or are ready to get started, you’ll find plenty of information at this meeting.
On December 5th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., All Saints Church, Pasadena, will hold its annual Alternative Market in Sweetland Hall. The Foster Care Project (FCP) will be participating in this unique opportunity for savvy shoppers to purchase Christmas gifts that keep on giving. As the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt, we are asking you to consider helping with the following: Christmas gifts as well as groceries for foster families in need; diapers, formula, and baby food for single parent foster youth; a month’s rent to prevent homelessness; and so much more.
Help foster youth boost their income and financial skills. Join the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and provide specialized free tax service to current and former foster youth during the 2022 tax season. Volunteer from home virtually or go into the Hub using Covid-19 safety precautions. Training is free and provided virtually beginning in December. VITA is a first-year partnership between L.A. County’s Children and Family Services and John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY). Last year, a similar program run by JBAY was able to get $135,000 in tax refunds and stimulus payments into the pockets of foster youth living in Santa Clara County. Advance your career at the same time: this is a great resume building experience.
Once again, Foster Care Project is collecting non-perishable food to brighten Thanksgiving for foster care families in the Pasadena area. Requested items include:
· Non-perishable hams, such as Dak hams (not the refrigerated kind)
· Canned chicken
· Juices, canned fruits and vegetables
· Instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cornbread mixes
· Hearty soups
· Baby food.
During these extraordinary times, we also suggest you consider donating grocery store gift cards, so our families can do their own shopping (Vons, Trader Joe’s, Ralphs, Food4Less). If you choose to donate canned goods, please check expiration dates and remember that only non-perishables can be accepted.
Our deadline is November 15th to ensure timely delivery. Please note: Items may NOT be dropped off in the church office. Thank you for helping to ensure that our families have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.
Foster Care Project’s Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker Program will be assisting our three “adopted” DCFS caseworkers to ensure that children and youth on their caseloads are remembered at Christmas. If you would like to provide a tangible gift or gift card, consider the suggestions below or come up with your own ideas. Note: please leave gifts unwrapped or place them in gift bags, so the caseworkers can see each item and match it to a particular child. Donation on or before December 13 is requested, so our caseworkers can make timely deliveries.
Toddlers and Preschoolers: Imaginary play items, such as small play people or animals; tea sets; pretend food and kitchen items; portable dollhouses or garages; puzzles, and games, such as Candyland; building blocks; baby dolls; big trucks; soft balls and other soft toys
School age kids: Lego sets; puzzles & games, such as Yahtzee, Clue, Jenga, Uno and Apples to Apples; cars, trucks, and Hot Wheels sets; arts & crafts; and activity sets.
Teens and young adults: Puzzles & games, such as Bananagrams, Upwords and Big Boggle; sports magazines; sketchbooks and art supplies; hair accessories; simple jewelry; journals; Starbucks gift cards and reusable coffee cups; Target gift cards so they can select something fun.
Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do to brighten the lives of our children and youth.
Girls, ages 12-18, living in Optimist Youth Homes would love some early holiday cheer. Their opportunities to benefit from Optimist care last several months before they must move on (as required by the Foster Care and Probation systems that supervise their placements). So gifts of Art & Craft Supplies, Makeup, Nail Kits, and Board games could help them now and as they get ready to leave, possibly during the holidays.
Locally, the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority found that roughly 4,000 youth experience homelessness on any given night in Los Angeles County. My Friend’s Place is a drop-in center in Hollywood providing a variety of essential services and resources to very vulnerable youth experiencing homelessness. Currently the youth are facing even greater challenges because of the Covid-19 crisis. Onsite volunteer opportunities remain suspended to help maintain physical distancing, but there are still ways for our amazing community to support the center’s efforts.
· $10 Target gift cards
· Nail clippers
· Travel-sized deodorant
· Masculine shoes (sizes 10+)
· Masculine and feminine plus-sized clothing
· Parenting supplies: diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoo
· Headphones (new only)
· Snack packs and non-perishable food items in easy to-go bags, such as trail mix, granola bars, cookies, chips, fruit snacks or water bottles/juice