If you want information on how to become a foster parent, call (877) 488-5437.
There are many other ways you can directly help a foster child or teen:
- Your Donation Makes All the Difference
- Wish List for Foster Children and Teens
- Emancipation Scholarship Program
- Family Search and Engagement
- Adoption Day Book Project
- Holiday Giving
Your Donation Makes All the Difference
Foster families are often in need of extra help to support expenses like tutoring, summer camp, activities and cultural events, medical and dental expenses, school supplies and so much more.
Your donation additionally supports the purchase of gift cards to stores like Safeway or Vons, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Borders, Old Navy or gas stations to provide urgent necessities. Gift cards also allow foster parents to ensure that their foster children receive birthday and holiday gifts - those “extras” that make children feel at home.
Your donation goes directly to a foster child in need. Please donate now.
Wish List: Clothing and School Supplies
Another very helpful way to support foster children is through donations of needed supplies and clothing – backpacks, coats, shoes – which are always appreciated. Sign up for our email list to receive updates on back-to-school, seasonal and urgent needs in your area. (You will receive not more than one email a week from us and your information is kept private.) Simply fill in the Join Our Community box on the right side of this page.
Emancipation Scholarship Program
While considered legal adults, most teens turning 18 continue to receive emotional support, financial support, and guidance from their birth families for several more years. For youth in foster care, however, this usually gradual transition happens abruptly upon emancipation at age 18.
The result is that foster youth who transition to adulthood face higher risks for homelessness, unemployment, academic failure, incarceration, teen pregnancies, and a host of other problems. National and state studies indicate that as much as 30% to 40% of the homeless population is made up of former foster youth.
Since 1993, Uplift Family Services has awarded nearly $900,000 to over 360 youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. For the 2012-13 school year, we awarded approximately $55,000 to 31 transitional aged foster youth.
The Emancipation Scholarship Program provides scholarships to Uplift Family Services foster youth as they leave their foster home and transition to independence. The funds awarded to these young people provide financial support for higher education including tuition, housing, utilities, food and transportation expenses.
Won’t you be a part of the solution? You can help create a healthy future for foster youth and for your community. For more information, please contact Tina Gomez, by email at email@example.com or by phone (707) 399-4127 ext. 16073.
Family Search and Engagement (FSE)
The FSE (also known as Family Finding) program at Uplift Family Services helps reconnect foster children with safe, healthy families. Using Internet search technology and dogged perseverance, biological family members are found for children who otherwise have no one.
FSE relies heavily on private donations:
- $25 pays for an internet search to find safe, healthy family members for a foster child.
- $500 pays for a plane ticket so that a foster child can visit those family members.
Adoption Day Book Project
New in 2009, the Adoption Day Book Project provides adoptive families with books that tell the story of adoption in various situations and age groups which parallel their own emerging family story.
The Adoption Social Worker writes a message inside the book and gives it to the child and family on the day they finalize the adoption in court.
These literary gifts are intended to encourage ongoing communication and openness about adoption, and to serve as a symbol and reminder of a day worth celebrating.
Our hope for the near future is to provide new adoptive parents with a year’s subscription to Adoptive Families, a magazine filled with useful resources and articles for adoptive parents. Your donation can support the purchase of books and subscriptions for foster families.
Sample titles of books given through the project include:
"A Blessing from Above" by Patti Henderson
"A Mother for Choco" by Keiko Kasza
"Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
"Siempre te Querre" (translated to Spanish) by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
"I Wished for You" by Marianne Richmond
"Welcome Home Forever Child" by Christine Mitchell
"My New Family: A First Look at Adoption" by Pat Thomas
"Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul" by LeAnn Thiemen
For a foster child, the holidays can be an especially difficult time, missing family traditions and closeness. Your donation during the holidays helps a child experience the warmth and magic of the holidays. Find out more about the Foster Santa program in your area.