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I know a foster family in my neighborhood or at my church. I’m thankful for what they’re doing, and I want to help them. But how?
Start by simply asking them what they need! You could organize a meal train for families welcoming new placements, offer to help with yard work or volunteer to collect items they need for the children in their care such as clothing, diapers or school supplies. You can also give them a break – volunteer to babysit so parents can have a night out or watch the children while parents attending trainings. You could even gather a group of friends to be certified as respite care providers, so families can take a weekend to rest and recharge.
I don’t know any foster families personally, but I still want to support them as they care for these children. What can I do?
Visit buckner.org/volunteer to find opportunities to serve foster families at your local Buckner office. Opportunities include providing child care during foster parent trainings, helping host parties and more.
I don’t have a lot of extra time, but I still want to help. What should I do?
Another way you can help children in foster care is by making a gift to Buckner. While Buckner does receive funds for foster care from the state, those funds do not cover all the expenses incurred by foster families. By donating to Buckner to support foster families, you’re helping make sure families have access to all the services they need, including counseling, clothing assistance and more.