There are a million ways to support children in foster care, birth families, and foster families (like us!). Opportunities range from clicking “follow” on Instagram to volunteering as an advocate for kids in care. Check out some of the ideas I’ve listed below!
There are some really awesome organizations out there doing some awesome things in the world of foster care.
Together We Rise provides individuals, companies, and teams ways to support children in foster care through fundraising, assembling birthday gift boxes, decorating duffle bags, and so much more. I did a birthday box campaign with them last year and it was so fun to assemble and drop off the boxes to a local agency.
Foster The Family is probably my favorite organization there is. Jamie Finn is my #momgoals and I love everything she’s working for in the world of foster care. They are very practically serving foster families in their surrounding communities in NJ with supplies, support, and mentorship.
CASA for Children provides a network of Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers to advocate for children in court. This is a great way to get involved with helping kids in the system by very literally speaking up for them!
I’m just starting to explore the world of podcasts, but I’ve got to say, so far it’s pretty darn cool. You can find podcasts on just about everything, so here’s a few great ones on foster care:
Real Mom Podcast is the only podcast I subscribe to. It’s hosted by my girl Jamie Finn of Foster The Family and it is just SO GOOD. Jamie interviews women who are moms through birth, through foster care, through adoption. They discuss the many joys and trials of mom-life and bring it all back to the Gospel. 10/10 would recommend.
The Forgotten Initiative Podcast dives into the nitty gritty and discusses all things foster care—trauma, single foster parenting, fostering teens, relationships with birth parents.
3. Social Media
This is the number one way I learn about foster care. It’s really amazing how many people are sharing their fostering journeys via platforms like Instagram. It’s an amazing community and gives you such great insight into the realities of what foster care looks like. Go follow:
@fosterthefamilyblog— my #1 favorite Instagram account on bio, adoptive, & foster parenting
@thebrennerbunch— they’re fostering/adopting a sibling set of 4 littles
@brittanykate— a foster mama AND former foster youth!
@bethanyanne42— this lady is rocking it as a single, foster & adoptive mama
@kimberleeanne— sharing honestly on miscarriage, fostering, adoption, & transracial parenting
Retreats and conferences are a great way to get connected with foster families, social workers, educators, therapists, and others working in the foster system. I’m planning on attending at least one this fall and can’t wait to see what it’s like. Here are just a few to check out:
Did you know you can support foster families just by shopping? What could be easier and more fun than that? Grab t-shirts, baby items, bags, mugs, and all the good things from Foster the Family, Simple Folk, Fawn and Foster, and so many others.