You don't have to become a foster parent to support fostering.
Protecting children and strengthening families is the responsibility of every member of the community. Fostering and adopting a child may not be an option for you. However, there are many ways to help a child or family in need in your community.
The Department of Children and Families has a partnership program for individuals and businesses who want to give their time, talent and resources to help children and families in need. Please visit our Partners for Promise website for more information on how you can help.
All of our community-based care partners also work closely with individuals and businesses in their communities to support children in foster care. If you would like to support children in foster care, find contacts in your area.
Here are some examples of how you might be able to support these families:
- Free haircuts, dental care, clothing or transportation.
- Free services based on your business: construction, home furnishings, family dinners at restaurants, mechanic services.
- Scholarships or free lessons for summer camp, sports teams, dance, art or music.
You can help children and their families by:
- Providing school supplies (books, pencils, book bags, paper)
- Providing jobs for older youth
- Mentoring a child
You or your organization can contribute money or donate goods:
- For scholarships, summer camps, field trips or music lessons
- For holidays, birthdays and graduations
- Other items such as car seats, high chairs, toys, luggage or clothes
You can support agencies and the court system by:
- Recruiting foster/adoptive parents in your community
- Hosting social events for foster/adoptive parents (picnics, parties, bowling)