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Foster Care Support

Foster Care Support

Mission: To strengthen the ability of foster families to meet the needs of their foster children by implementing community-based resources and education that can decrease the need for institutionalized care.

Fast Facts:

  • Founded in a garage by Rachel Ewald in 2006 and incorporated in 2000.
  • Since 2000, FCSF has served over 52,000 children with free clothing, toys, school supplies and safe infant care items throughout every county in GA.
  • FCSF provides up to $8 million worth of in-kind services and goods on a budget of just over $700,000 and over 7,000 annual volunteers.
  • The State plans to place at least 50% of foster children with relatives by 2018 with little or no support. Many of these families have little income or support of their own.
  • FCSF now offer 12 different services to foster parents, including:
    • Long Distance Distribution Program: Mail clothing, toys, and other items to children residing in homes outside the metro area that are unable to visit the center in Roswell.
    • Foster Smiles: Engaging community professionals, medical or other, to offer in-kind services.
    • Independent Living Services: Supply clothing to college students exiting the foster care system for two years to give them a boost and help them get stabilized in a new life.
    • Continuing Education for Foster Parents: Provide information and training about how to improve the care of abused and neglected children.
    • Hope for Tomorrow Mentorship Program: Help teens develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become successful adults.
    • Georgia Cares Partnership (GCP): Engaging communities, faith-based organizations, and companies to partner for the recruitment of foster homes and volunteers.
    • Wardrobing: New or gently used clothing to children entering foster care.
    • Infant Care Equipment: Car seats, changing tables, high chairs, strollers.
    • Toys: Developmental and social toys, bikes, and games, etc.
    • Book Distribution: Academic and pleasure reading material.
    • Prom-a-Palooza Event: Prom dresses and accessories for female teens.
    • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Offer resources and services to relative care givers.

Find out more: www.fostercares.org

Posted by Karen Schwank
October 22, 2018 2:00am

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