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.
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.