You may decide not to become a foster parent. We obviously hope you do because Adams County foster children need the special care only quality families can provide. However, you can also be of significant help in many ways.
Be a Foster Friend
What is a foster friend? Foster friends are caring people who cannot provide care for children in their home on a long –term basis, as a foster family does; however, they can help support the foster families of Adams County. Please contact the foster parent recruiter for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.303.412.KIDS (5437)
Raise Public Awareness
Distribute information about foster care needs in your community or compelling stories to newsletters, advocacy groups, bulletin boards, public service announcements, parent/teacher organizations, community centers, web sites and special interest groups.
Sponsor or Co-Sponsor an Event
Organize an event such as a dinner, coffee gathering, picnic, auction, etc. to get the message about the needs of foster children and their families to the community. Invite individuals, families, community activists, elected officials and your friends and encourage them to hold their own events.
Recruit members of your organization, church, workplace, neighborhood or community center to volunteer to support foster families or to become foster parents.
Request the assistance of your religious and business leaders in building Foster Care Month awareness in the community
Distribute Promotional Materials in Your Community
- Post information on your personal/organizational web site.
- Distribute foster care fact sheets, bumper stickers, book marks/inserts, banners and other materials with Foster Care information.
- Request that your local stores print foster care messages on their bags.
Where to Place Promotional Materials
- Beauty shops, barber shops, and restaurants (placemats or menus)
- Community fairs and special events
- Hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices
- Local weekly newspapers, ethnic or religious newspapers, free advertiser-supported papers, and organization newsletters, homeowner’s associations, Facebook groups
- Family attractions in local community and theme parks
- Flyers on pizza boxes
- Local businesses (Request that foster care message be used instead of music for part or all of May –National Foster Care Month- while callers are placed on hold.)
Other Places to promote Foster Care Awareness
- Radio and TV talk show interviews
- Fraternities and sororities
- Advertising agencies
- Your own office or work place
- Your church
Please do not underestimate what you can personally contribute to our recruitment of new families. Your help is essential and your efforts may directly influence someone to become a foster parent.
If you have any suggestions, questions, or want more information about how you can help, we encourage you to contact us at email@example.com or 1.303.412.KIDS (5437) and ask to speak with the foster home recruiter. On behalf of our foster children who deserve to be cared for by loving dedicated people, we appreciate whatever help and support you can provide.