We understand how scary it sounds to be a foster parent. We also understand you may not be ready to jump into the deep end right away. One of the best ways to prepare yourself to be a foster parent is to get involved in other ways now.
Here are 5 ways to help kids from foster care without being a parent:
Become a CASA
One thing often overlooked in the system of overworked caseworkers is what kids want. By becoming a CASA (court appointed special advocate) you are put in a position to advocate for the child. No legal experience is required. You can become a CASA by going through their training program. After completing training you will be assigned to a child and spend time with him on a weekly basis, attend court together and build a relationship so you can voice the child’s wants and desires.
Mentor a Child
While there are few specific organizations specific to kids in foster care, mentoring a child can have a profound impact on their future. Start by reaching out to your county human services or a local agency. We have partnerships with several counties and agencies if you are looking for a place to start. Additionally, if you know a family with kids from foster care in their home you can speak to them directly about becoming a mentor.
Build a Church Ministry
We believe that families who decided to foster or adopt need a strong support system -- enter the church. By partnering with churches we are able to build awareness and create much-needed support within faith communities for foster families. Talk to your pastor today about creating a partnership between your church and Project 1.27.
Give Respite Care
Being a foster or adoptive parent can be exhausting and options for childcare, especially overnight care, are few. All parents need a break, a date night, a weekend to work on the house or even a weekend getaway. By becoming a certified respite provider, you can give these parents the break they need. While counties and agencies have specific requirements, Project 1.27 can provide all training towards certification.
It costs about $3,000 to train a foster or adoptive family. On average each family will serve 1.5 kids, so by providing financial support you can have a large impact. We challenge you to consider regular donations of $1.27, $12.70, or $127, every bit helps. You can also provide support by praying for kids from foster care and the families caring for them. If you know families with foster kids in their home see if they need school supplies, new clothes, backpacks or a special toy. Support doesn’t have to be costly, but it goes a long way in our eyes and in the eyes of the foster families and their kids.
We love your heart for kids in foster care and can’t wait to see how you get involved. If you need additional advice, feel free to get in touch.