This May is National Foster Care Month, in celebration we are sharing some strategies you can use to show support for foster children and families in the Fort Worth Area.
New or unused school supplies and goods- All children should have access to the supplies necessary to receive an education. Thankfully there are dozens of national organizations that donate backpacks, books, calculators, and even duffel bags for children transitioning between foster care. Closer to home, the Fort Worth Partnerships for Children hosts multiple campaigns designed to help foster youth in our area.
New or gently used clothing- Foster teens are especially in need of fashionable, durable, and seasonally transitional outfits. Not only do fashionable clothes make teens feel confident, looking good also promotes self image. When donating new clothing, consider durable and sustainable textiles that are made to last. Along with recycled plastics and synthetics, organic cotton and other natural fibers are strong, easy to wash, and seasonally transitional. When donating, make sure you only bag freshly laundered, gently used textiles and drop them off at a Fort Worth clothing donation center. If possible, contact a foster organization in your area that will give directly to your foster neighbors in need.
Food, supplies, and basic goods- Canned goods, household supplies, toiletries, and seasonal food items are always being accepted by local food pantries that support families in need. Look here for helping finding one in the Fort Worth area.
Looking to get involved but don’t know where to start? Consider volunteering or participating in local events and foster support programs like ours. Our experienced volunteers love meeting new people, so if you want to make a difference and get involved, you can learn more about the volunteer opportunities offered by Gladney! You could also reach out to the other Fort Worth family service centers and transitional housing support groups.
Opening your home and fostering a child is an amazing way to give back to the children that need a guide and mentor through their life’s journey. Volunteering your time by fostering a child is an extremely rewarding experience, and if you meet the Texas requirements for fostering, you could start helping a local foster child in need.
It’s our mission to find a loving family and supporting home for every child, which is why we support children internationally and domestically. If you’re considering adoption, still raising funds, or just would like to learn more, get in touch, or try attend one of our Gladney University Trainings!
We love our Gladney Friends and those within the foster system. To continue the conversation and get involved in the Fort Worth area, please research the foster organizations, donation centers, and volunteer opportunities you could use to help individuals in need!Sharon McCutcheon