Support Families

Louisiana foster parents and caregivers need your assistance to provide quality parenting to our children. Businesses, churches and community groups can help in a variety of ways.

 

How Businesses Can Help

 

Develop service projects that specifically serve families caring for children in foster care, such as helping with home and car repairs.

• Sponsor special events such as holiday parties for foster families in your community.

• Sponsor activities for foster children, such as dance, sports and camps.

• Mentor, coach, tutor and provide training for foster youth.

• Hire teenagers and young adults who are aging out of foster care or who have aged out of the system.

• Provide a space for foster parents and programs to use for meetings and events.

• Provide meaningful benefits to employees who foster children through matching grants, leave time for bonding and flexible working hours for doctor visits and court hearings.

• Provide items needed to support a kinship (relative) or foster placement, such as furniture, appliances and other household goods, or laptops and tablets for students.

• Provide funding for clinical support or mental health services for a family.

• Offer support to your local foster parents association or group.

 

How Churches & Community Groups Can Help

 

  • Create support groups for parents, including some specifically centered around the strengths and struggles of families.

  • Create a response team to circle around the family when a child comes home. This includes support systems such as a meal train set-up, assistance with rides and transportation, and practical logistics to help during transition time.

  • Offer play groups for children who are in foster care so they can spend time with others who have a shared experience, culture and/or background.

  • Offer child care for foster parents’ nights out.

  • Create a small army of families who will show up for a foster child’s birthday, school plays, ball games or other special life events.

  • Partner newer families with another foster family to walk closely with them through the ups and downs.

  • Create a community to support each other through placement disruptions and attend court dates together.

  • Develop play rooms with court-approved monitors to help facilitate child welfare visitations and CASA meetings for workers and children.

  • Create a Foster Care Closet to collect donated items for foster families receiving new children.

  • Work with local DCFS offices to bring foster care certification training to your church or group location.

 

Spread the Word

 

Download the Support Families information card (PDF)