One of my favorite things about foster care is the out pouring of support. My friends, neighbors and fellow foster parents amaze me with their generosity. Want to help kids in care, but not ready to be a foster parent? Get inspired by these wonderful things people have done to make a difference.
- A couple of young boys came to our house and were disappointed by our toy selection. I sent a text out and within two hours we had pull toys, play doh, cars and more dropped off at our house for short term borrowing.
- My friends hung out with me in my drive way, chatting and drinking lemonade, while some very rambunctious little ones played outside. My friends’ presence kept me sane as I dealt with tantrums, arguments, and reckless horseplay.
- My neighbors send their kids over to welcome new kids in care. Every kid loves to have instant new friends.
- My in-laws invite us over for dinner, not batting an eye when we ask them to set another place or two or three. Even when it means feeding the bottomless pit of teenaged boys. Even on major holidays.
- My friends and neighbors offer up all their insider tips: how to deal with special education at the elementary school, ideas for after school programs, where to shop for inexpensive but cool clothes, fun community events coming up, etc. When you suddenly have a pre-schooler with speech delays or a 9 year old girl who doesn’t want to lose gymnastics along with everything else or a teen boy who must have the “in” shoes, it can be hard to figure how to get what they need. So friends’ tips make life so much easier.
- Knowing that the County’s stipend doesn’t cover all expenses, our friends have lent parking passes, gave tickets to the zoo, lent extra beds, lent snow pants, donated an old video console and games. The list keeps going on!
- On Mother’s Day, friends put on a bagel and fruit smorgasbord at our house. This one really touched me as they wanted to do something special for me as a mom and understood that the kids may be emotional about not being with their bio mom. So, kids stayed calm in the familiar environment of my dining room, I didn’t have to cook, and we had a great time hanging with friends.