Our Mission

All Saints Church Foster Care Project provides community education, public policy/advocacy and direct services for children and youth who have been removed from the care of their parents to the supervision of the state. The Project recruits and sustains volunteers who serve in public and private agencies or work on special projects designed to enhance the lives of foster, homeless, transitional and incarcerated children and youth.

EDUCATION

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.

SERVICE

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION

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.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Nurture growth and personal transformation that results from the volunteer experience.

HOW CAN YOU HELP US

Get involved today through our volunteering and donation opportunities below.

BECOME VOLUNTEER

Volunteer as a tutor, mentor, participate in events.

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DONATE ITEMS

Donate diapers, bags, supplies etc.

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HELP FINANCIALLY

Donate financially through Flinttridge.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Check out our upcoming events assisting families and youth in Foster Care. To become a volunteer or to learn more, click the Sign Up button!
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NOV 4 & 11

DONATE THANKSGIVING FOOD FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

Once again, the Foster Care Project will be collecting non-perishable food items to provide Thanksgiving dinners to foster care families in the Pasadena area. Non-perishable hams, such as Dak hams (not the refrigerated kind), canned chicken, canned fruits and vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing and cornbread mixes, hearty soups, juices, and baby food are most welcome. You may also provide a $10 grocery store gift card and let one of our volunteers do the shopping for you. Please check expiration dates before donating and remember that only non-perishables can be accepted. Food items and gift cards may be dropped off at the FCP lawn table at All Saints Church, Pasadena, on Sunday, November 4, and Sunday, November 11. (Items may NOT be dropped off in the church office.)

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NOV 21

CELEBRATE A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING WITH PCC STARS

Not all youth will get to have a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner this year, so PCC's STARS program is holding a family-style dinner on Wednesday, November 21, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Pasadena City College. Volunteers are needed to cook or donate food and to help serve our annual Thanksgiving dinner to support youth in group homes, transitional housing or living on their own, who may not have a traditional meal or someone to share the holiday with.

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NOV 7

FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD IN FOSTER CARE AT THE CASA INFORMATION SESSION

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers make a difference in the lives of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. CASA volunteers receive special training and are appointed by a judge to advocate on behalf of a child in foster care in both the courtroom and the community, with often life-changing results. Join CASA of Los Angeles for an information session to learn more on Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Scott Hall, All Saints Church, Pasadena.

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NOV 29

LEARN HOW TO FOSTER OR ADOPT A CHILD

Have you ever thought about becoming a "resource parent," the first step toward fostering or adopting a child? More than 22,000 children in Los Angeles County need stable homes. To learn more about becoming a resource parent, please join All Saints Foster Care Project and our partnering agency, RaiseAChild, on Thursday, November 29, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in Sweetland Hall, All Saints Church, Pasadena. Staff members from RaiseAChild, Westside Children's Center, Village Family Services, Five Acres, Penny Lane Centers, and David and Margaret Youth and Family Services will be present to respond to your questions and concerns and even get you started on the process. Hors d'oeuvres will be catered by Green Street Café.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Our range of one-time and ongoing volunteering opportunities provide direct services to those in Foster Care. Become a volunteer by clicking the Sign Up button!
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DONATE THANKSGIVING FOOD FOR LOCAL FAMILIES: NOV. 4 AND 11

Once again, the Foster Care Project will be collecting non-perishable food items to provide Thanksgiving dinners to foster care families in the Pasadena area. Non-perishable hams, such as Dak hams (not the refrigerated kind), canned chicken, canned fruits and vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing and cornbread mixes, hearty soups, juices, and baby food are most welcome. You may also provide a $10 grocery store gift card and let one of our volunteers do the shopping for you. Please check expiration dates before donating and remember that only non-perishables can be accepted. Food items and gift cards may be dropped off at the FCP lawn table at All Saints Church, Pasadena, on Sunday, November 4, and Sunday, November 11. (Items may NOT be dropped off in the church office.)

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CELEBRATE A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING WITH PCC STARS: NOV. 21

Not all youth will get to have a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner this year, so PCC's STARS program is holding a family-style dinner on Wednesday, November 21, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Pasadena City College. Volunteers are needed to cook or donate food and to help serve our annual Thanksgiving dinner to support youth in group homes, transitional housing or living on their own, who may not have a traditional meal or someone to share the holiday with.

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FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD IN FOSTER CARE AT THE CASA INFORMATION SESSION: NOV. 7

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers make a difference in the lives of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. CASA volunteers receive special training and are appointed by a judge to advocate on behalf of a child in foster care in both the courtroom and the community, with often life-changing results. Join CASA of Los Angeles for an information session to learn more on Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Scott Hall, All Saints Church, Pasadena.

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LEARN HOW TO FOSTER OR ADOPT A CHILD: NOV. 29

Have you ever thought about becoming a "resource parent," the first step toward fostering or adopting a child? More than 22,000 children in Los Angeles County need stable homes. To learn more about becoming a resource parent, please join All Saints Foster Care Project and our partnering agency, RaiseAChild, on Thursday, November 29, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in Sweetland Hall, All Saints Church, Pasadena. Staff members from RaiseAChild, Westside Children's Center, Village Family Services, Five Acres, Penny Lane Centers, and David and Margaret Youth and Family Services will be present to respond to your questions and concerns and even get you started on the process. Hors d'oeuvres will be catered by Green Street Café.

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HELP FAMILIES WITH BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN

The Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker Program is working with our designated DCFS caseworker to assist several families in need, including a homeless mother with a young child. $10 or $20 gift cards to Vons or Target to help these families purchase necessities would be highly appreciated. In addition, we are assisting a family with a baby and two toddlers, who would greatly benefit from a new or gently used double stroller. Thanks to all who donated children's clothing last month - the items were immediately put to use.

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VOLUNTEER TO SUPPORT YOUTH-LED ADVOCACY GROUP

California Youth Connection (CYC) is a youth-led advocacy organization of current and former foster youth, ages 14-24. Volunteer Supporters, people who live and work in in a community with a CYC Chapter, are particularly important to CYC's youth-led model. Volunteer Supporters must be committed to collaborating with CYC Members to develop their leadership skills, and to ensure CYC members have the resources they need to run a successful Chapter, attend leadership conferences, and to participate in policy activities to create the change members want to see in the child welfare system. Supporters take on an "ally" role by providing social capital, professional tips, and guidance. The commitment is about 10 hours a month.

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JOIN A TEAM TO HELP MENTOR A PARENT AND CHILD

Imagine LA empowers families to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence that break the cycle of homelessness. Join a mentor team to work with a parent, who has just aged out of foster care, on learning the skills for developing a stable job, managing finances, and parenting positively and effectively. The budget mentor meets with mom twice per month, the one-on-one mentor meets mom weekly, and the child development mentor meets twice monthly. Imagine LA provides training and weekly professional support. We are seeking volunteers to embark on this important journey with two more young parents.

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MENTOR A YOUNG MAN AT HATHAWAY-SYCAMORES

Help a young man deal with separation away from his family. Hathaway-Sycamores, Child and Family Service, is seeking mentors for their El Nido (Altadena) Residential Campus. The Hathaway-Sycamores mission is to help cultivate hope and resilience to enrich the well-being of children, adults, families and communities.

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TUTOR LOW INCOME CHILDREN AND YOUTH

An after-school tutoring program in Pasadena needs your help. Tutors are needed for Aspire West, Pasadena's after-school tutoring program for low-income children and youth in the subjects of math (general math, geometry, algebra 1 and 2) and English for elementary, middle and high school students. Tutors are scheduled Monday through Thursday, 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30-12:30 p.m. Aspires West, Pasadena provides low-income students and their parents with the services and opportunities to develop the knowledge and fundamental skills for student success.