How To Donate To Foster Care (Money, Time & More)
Foster care provides stable homes for children whose parents can’t take care of them. Many foster children are affected by abuse, neglect, and other challenges. Becoming a foster parent can be incredibly rewarding, but not everyone is able to be a foster parent, and that’s okay.
There are many ways you can help support foster children even if you aren’t ready or able to become a foster parent. You can make a difference by donating money, time, and more to support foster families and vulnerable children in your community.
Ways To Donate To Foster Care
There are numerous ways to get involved and support local foster families.
1. Monetary Donations
Monetary donations help foster children obtain the support they need most. The UMFS Treatment Foster Care Program works with foster children and teens who are working to overcome past trauma or abuse, or are struggling with behavioral or medical challenges. UMFS works hard to identify supportive foster families, and provide extensive, specialized training and comprehensive ongoing support.
Your donation to foster care at UMFS enables foster children who have come from some of the toughest circumstances to get the support and care they need to turn their lives around.
2. Planned Giving
Make a planned gift and create a legacy that will support foster children for many years to come.
There are many ways to participate in planned giving, including leaving a bequest to UMFS in your will, donating stock or securities, making a gift from your retirement plan or life insurance, or creating a charitable gift annuity or other specialized gift. No matter the approach you choose, your gift is an investment in high-risk children and their families, helping them become self-sufficient, contributing members of their communities, now and into the future.
3. Mentor Foster Children
Children and teens in foster care have often experienced many challenges in their young lives. They benefit from the love, companionship, and support of a mentor. There are two ways you can mentor a foster child at UMFS.
Foster children have a variety of medical and therapy appointments, family visits, and other appointments each week. They need transportation to these appointments, often at times when their foster parents are at work. Transport mentors are volunteers who help provide transportation to appointments. This provides a unique opportunity to form a significant relationship with the foster child by capitalizing on the opportunity for conversations and mentoring during transportation.
Project LIFE mentors
The UMFS Project LIFE program works with teens in foster care to equip them for life as a productive adult. Mentors are an important part of this program. Mentors work one-on-one with foster youth to build a significant relationship and provide support and role modeling. They also work with the foster youth to identify personal life goals and provide mentoring support to help the youth develop a plan to achieve their goals. Mentors generally meet with their foster youth for several hours twice per month.
More Foster Care Volunteer Opportunities
Here are two other foster care volunteer opportunities to consider.
4. Child Care during Support Groups
UMFS provides ongoing support and training to all of our foster parents. This includes a monthly support group meeting. Volunteers are needed each month to assist staff in providing child care for foster and adoptive families. Volunteers play games and run activities for the children while their parents attend the group session.
5. Event Helper
UMFS has various events for foster families and various foster parent recruitment events in the community throughout the year. Each region hosts a holiday party, a foster parent appreciation event, and several recruitment events annually. Volunteers are needed to help support these events.