Another year has ended and another year begins bringing with it resolutions to be healthier, learn new hobbies and spend more time with family and friends. But in the standard list of resolutions there’s always one thing missing, a resolution to be better at caring for those in need. We know not everyone is called to be a foster or adoptive parent, but everyone is called to do something.
Here are 3 ways you can resolve to care for kids from foster care in the New Year:
There’s a saying that every child at risk is one caring adult away from being a success. That caring adult may be you, and no you don’t have to be a foster parent. We found a short list of ways you can get involved and spend time with kids. If there are foster or adoptive families in your life, talk to them about what they may need and step in to serve them.
The goal is for every kid in foster care to have a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) on their team. This volunteer position functions as a mentor who is trained to advocate for the child’s best interests in a court setting. Learn More >>
The Adoption Exchange
This program is targeted to kids 12 to 18 who are in foster care. The Adoption Exchange provides a structured process so you can build a permanent relationship overtime to help improve the outcome for a child. Learn More >>
Royal Family Kids Camp
These camps are hosted by churches all over the county, with several in Colorado. Find a church near you who hosts a camp and be a part of giving a child from foster care a week of childhood. Learn More >>
Every family who choose to bring in a child through foster or adoption will need support. Talk to your church to see if there are families within your congregation who need help. Or if you know a family see what you can do to help them. It may be as simple as making weekly meals!
There are countless organizations doing amazing work in Colorado to recruit, equip, train and support foster and adoptive families. Find an organization that speaks to your heart and commit to supporting them financially. Here are a few ideas:
We are a non-profit with a goal to recruit and train foster and adoptive families by partnering with the church. We need $3000 for each family. Your support helps give a kid a home!
An offshoot of Adopt Colorado Kids, Dream Makers provides financially for kids who have aged out of foster care and are working their way through adulthood. Consider sponsoring a dream or donating regularly.
As discussed above, CASA helps pair children with advocates so they have a voice. By donating to CASA you help to recruit and train these volunteers so every child feels cared for.
These are just a few simple ideas to help you find a way to get involved, but the opportunities are endless!