To educate and spread awareness about foster care, while giving back to the kids currently in the system.
5% of every purchase made right here at This Brave Journey goes back to foster youth. Click here for more info and to see exactly where that 5% goes.
There are over 437,000 children and youth in foster care on any given day. Many states across the US are experiencing a severe shortage of foster homes and licensed foster parents. It is a fact that here in Ada County, Idaho, it is not uncommon for case workers to spend the night (or nights) with youth that have been removed from their home, at our local Department of Health and Welfare, because an opening in a foster home is not available.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent and/or adoption from the foster care system, the first step is to contact your local public agency and/or Department of Health and Welfare. AdoptUsKids is a fantastic starting resource that can point you in the right direction, and you can search by your state or territory here.
If you are unable to foster or adopt or are not interested, that’s ok! Fostering and adoption are serious business and are not for everyone. You don’t have to work in child welfare or be a parent to help children in foster care. There are lots of ways to put your valuable abilities to work for raising awareness and advocating on behalf of waiting children.
- Become a court appointed special advocate (CASA)
- Mentor a child in foster care
- Offer photography services to adoption agencies
- Fundraise or donate supplies to foster care organizations
Some recommended places to make monetary donations are:
Together We Rise - provides duffel bags with basic necessities
Camp To Belong - reunites separated siblings in foster care through camp
One Simple Wish - grants small and big wishes for wants and necessities