If you're unable to become a foster parent, there are many ways you can still help children living with foster families in your community. Some of these include:

  • Hold luggage/backpack drive
  • Tutor or mentor children/youth
  • Provide respite care
  • Provide special holiday help
  • Make a monetary donation for things foster children or families may need. This could include items like:  
    • New glasses, new shoes or clothes for school, school pictures, haircuts, hair and/or nail services for prom, yearbook, class ring, graduation cap and gown, prom dress or tuxedo rental, sports equipment or uniforms, or extracurricular or summer activities
  • Donate items for children and youth. This could include items like:
    • Children's books, school supplies, musical instruments, new items such as underwear, socks, coats, or earrings, phone cards for youth to stay close to family, treats for a child to distribute at school on special occasions, fingernail polish, or makeup
  • Donate items for foster families. Items may include:
    • Laundry detergent, fabric, softener, bedding, toothbrushes, deodorant, hair care supplies, Christmas ornaments, or gift certificates for a resource family night at a local restaurant or at the movies