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Four Ways to Support Kids in Foster Care this Holiday and Throughout the Year

They say it takes a village to raise a child. At SAFY, we believe strong kids and strong families lead to strong communities – so it’s up to all of us to make sure our kids have the love, support, safety and nurturing needed to reach their full potential. 

This is especially important to youth in foster care. 

In Franklin County, there are more than 2,500 children in foster care through no fault of their own, but as the innocent victims of abuse, neglect, addiction, parental incarceration or other factors beyond their control. As a therapeutic foster care provider and agency coordinating adoptions from foster care, SAFY’s top priority is helping these youth not only heal from trauma, but develop the skills they need to learn, grow and reach their full potential.

To do this, we need a village. And at SAFY, we call this village our Agents of Hope – those who care about the well-being of children and together help us protect, defend and advocate for the futures of children in foster care.

Are you interested in being an Agent of Hope? Here are four ways you can support foster youth this holiday season and throughout 2020.

 

  • Be a Caregiver. One caring adult can make a huge difference in the life of a child. If you feel led to be that difference in a child’s life, consider becoming a foster parent. This can take many forms, from full-time fostering to providing emergency care or respite care for short-term needs. Almost anyone with a heart to care for children can become foster parents. Our foster parents are married, single, employed, retired, have biological children, are empty-nesters and are diverse in race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.
  • Donate. While the holiday season is a great time to donate toys or gifts for foster youth, the reality is donations are needed year-round for items and activities to enrich the lives of kids in foster care. SAFY accepts donations of clothes, luggage, toys, gift cards and tickets to local attractions throughout the year.
  • Volunteer to Teach a Workshop. A critical piece of helping foster youth thrive is making sure they learn the life skills needed to be successful in the future. A great way to give back is volunteering to teach a workshop to a group of local foster youth. Volunteering to teach a class like banking and finance, etiquette, job skills, cooking and independent living are a great way to give back and empower today’s youth to be future leaders.
  • Mentor. There are many teens in the foster system who need that extra level of support to be there during this time of growth and transition. Caring adults are needed to be mentors, provide a listening ear and open their eyes to the possibilities of college, careers and realizing their hopes and dreams. 

 

We’d love to have you be an Agent of Hope and support foster youth this holiday season and throughout the new year. To learn more about getting involved in any of these ways, visit www.SAFY.org or call us at 614-729-2024.

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is a child and family nonprofit preserving families and securing futures through a model of care that includes therapeutic foster care, adoption, family preservation, behavioral health and supports for older youth. Learn more at www.SAFY.org

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