If you can't commit to doing foster care at this time, there are other ways you could help children in your community.
Provide Respite Care
Respite care is much like foster care, but for shorter periods of time (e.g., a few hours, a day, a weekend, or a week or two). It provides:
- Foster parents with much-needed breaks so they can get things done, relax, and re-energize
- Children with opportunities to experience new things and develop new relationships with other caring adults
- Donate new items such as backpacks filled with school supplies, winter coats, or sports equipment
- Donate money or gift cards for things like prom dresses or driving lessons
- Donate services such as haircuts or senior pictures
Sometimes children and teens need rides to get to school, appointments, or special events. This is a great way to help!
Support teens who are leaving foster care to live on their own and need a helping hand. This could include helping them find an apartment, furnish an apartment or pay their first month's rent.
Call your local Family Services District Office and ask for the Resource Coordinator.