The Community Foster Response brings practical support to the doorstep of a foster family at its most vulnerable time.
Abuse, neglect, and foster care are a reality for over 6,000 vulnerable children in our state.
A mother opens the door to her new son or daughter. Her eyes fall on her new child--a stranger--wearing ill-fitting clothes, no coat, and holding a trash bag with a few worn t-shirts. Both mother and child are confused and overwhelmed. The daunting task of making this little one feel safe, of integrating another person into the family, is the first priority. But other things feel more pressing.
The baby needs formula. The toddler needs a teddy like the one forgotten at home. The little boy needs shoes that fit. The sweet girl needs a brush to start pulling through her matted hair. The teenager needs a backpack for the first day back to school. The whole family needs to be fed. The dear mama needs just a few words of encouragement and a number to call for advice.
The first week--specifically the first 24 hours--of a new foster placement is the most trying for a foster child and family. The Foster the Family Community Foster Response is committed to easing the burden of foster families during this vulnerable time period.
Within 2-24 hours of a new foster placement, the Foster the Family Community Foster Response will deliver practical necessities and comforting support to the doorstep of a foster family. Each family will be paired with a trained staff member and receive:
- A meal
- A note of encouragement and contact information of a mentor foster parent
- Age-appropriate hygiene items, such as diapers and wipes or a toothbrush and toothpaste
- Clothing for the new child
- Equipment or gear, such as a stroller or car seat when needed
- Comfort items, such as a blankie or teddy bear
- Other personal items, such as a sippie cup, hair brush, etc.