Each year in Florida, the second week in February is designated as Foster Family Appreciation Week. It’s where we celebrate the love, protection, and care foster families provide to children who often have no other place to turn. Established by the Florida Legislature, the proclamation seeks for authorities and agencies from the Department of Children and Families to local governments and other offices to celebrate the contributions of foster families - and raise awareness that may encourage others to get involved.
Foster parents provide a safe, loving environment for vulnerable children. With their love and support, the children in their care quickly adapt and often thrive. Put simply, foster parents help to make a real difference to vulnerable children in our community.
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Foster parenting isn’t for everyone, but everyone can do something to help children in need.
Here are some examples of how you might be able to support foster parents:
- 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, etc.)