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There’s no denying that becoming a foster parent truly is a life-changing decision that’s incredibly rewarding for so many families, and these days many people are turning towards foster care agencies to help them throughout these transitions and the months and years of taking care of children in need.
But the truth is that you don’t necessarily have to become a foster parent in order to help children in the middle of a crisis, and there are actually many other ways that your can support children beyond being a foster parent!
Some of these ways to assist children in need include the following:
A lot of children in foster care programs have experienced issues like family trauma, neglect and abuse, and these children just so happen to be at much higher risks of unemployment, homelessness, lack of education/healthcare and issues with law enforcement as they get older. They also tend to experience social and behavioral issues as a result of their past trauma.
One way to support these kids is to become a mentor for them and support them on a daily basis with their vocational skills, time management, goal setting, problem-solving, financial budgeting and organizational skills. There’s so much that mentors can teach teens, and it’s also a very rewarding experience that isn’t as much of a commitment as becoming a foster parent.
Respite care is when a family or individual will take in a child on short-term intervals, like a weekend or a couple nights each week. This of course is pretty similar to being a foster parent, and many people will initially provide respite care to see if they’re ready to become a full-time foster parent.
Respite care will give other foster parents a brief break and help them avoid burnout, and it decreases the overall chances of a child experiencing abuse and neglect. The temporary relief that foster parents get via respite care is very important for the caregiving experience, and it’s a good opportunity for couples to see if they think they could be good foster parents.
If you feel as though being a foster parent isn’t a part of your calling, you can still provide personal resource to support children in foster care by sponsoring or attending events hosted by foster care agencies. These events are incredibly important for programs that support children in need, and it helps build a community amongst the agency that then can ultimately bring good fortune to children and families who are struggling.
The funds that are raised during these events will go to help prevent child neglect and abuse and support families in need throughout your community, and there are many events each year that are hosted by foster care agencies that you can become a part of by simply attending or supporting via sponsorships and donations.
A lot of children in foster care simply don’t have belongings, which is why welcome boxes and donations always go a very long way to support these children as they are making these types of troubling transitions. A lot of people will donate things like suitcases or duffel bags to children in need because they need these types of items to support their transitions a bit easier and with more dignity.
Of course other items like toys, clothing, school supplies, hygiene items and much more are also really great donations to consider as well!
There truly is a lot that people can do to support foster care agencies beyond simply being a foster parent, and every little bit of support goes a long way to meet these all-important goals of supporting children in need.
You can learn more about supporting foster care agencies by speaking directly with the experts at Benchmark Family Services via the link to their website at the top of the description!
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