If you can't commit to foster care or adoption, there are other ways you can help children in your community.
Provide respite care
- Care for children for short periods of time (e.g., a few hours, a day, a weekend, or a week or two)
- Give foster parents breaks so they can get things done, relax and re-energize
- Provide children with opportunities to make new connections
You can apply to provide respite care for a specific child you know or any child in your community.
- Items such as diapers & wipes, backpacks filled with school supplies, winter coats or sports equipment
- Gift cards for things like prom dresses, summer camp or driving lessons
- Services such as haircuts or senior pictures
- Passes to local parks, rinks, museums or other attractions
You could give teens leaving foster care to live on their own a helping hand. This could include helping them find an apartment, furnish an apartment or pay their first month's rent.
Are you ready to help?
Call your local Family Services Office to ask the Resource Coordinator about local needs.