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To improve the quality of life for children who are in foster care or are in danger of entering the foster care system by identifying their economic, environmental, educational and emotional needs and implementing ways to raise pubic awareness and establish programs in an effort to solve these issues.
The Foster Children??? ? s Foundation is a non-profit, 501 c 3 organization whose mission is to bridge the gap between available resources and the many needs of foster children.
Who do we serve? Foster Children in Gwinnett and surrounding counties.
We began serving only Gwinnett but quickly realized that foster children do not have geographical boundaries. If there are no homes available where the children come in to care, they go to other counties.What do we do?
- Raise awareness to the needs and situations faced by foster children.
- Work together with the community to solve these needs.
- Resource Center-The FCF maintains a Resource Center where fostered youth can get clothes, hygiene products, school supplies and other necessities at no cost. We hold an Open House to foster families once a month to provide the families with needed items and hair cuts for kids. We are also open by appointment to foster families. Volunteers are needed year round to maintain organization of the Resource Center.
- Mentoring Program called "Tomorrow Matters"- Created to help youth establish Life Plans and prepare for their future. This program will provide necessary skills and tools for fostered youth to reach their potential and become independent adults. Sessions will be held in group settings to protect the privacy and safety of all parties and will initially focus on teens ages 14-18 but will progress to reach youth of all ages. In 2005 the mentoring sessions include Job Skills & Interview Training and Money Management. In 2006, the Foster Children's Foundation began a partnership with the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton to make this mentoring program available to fostered youth throughout Metro Atlanta. The first mentoring session of 2006 was focused on Cooking & Kitchen/Fire Safety. Sessions will include, but are not limited to, educational, health, parenting, career, independant living, college, financial literacy, and citizenship.
- Programs and Projects -Annual Events such as Easter Egg Hunt, youth and teen Holiday Parties including Secret Santa, Picnic, Sponsorships for camps, classes, programs, lessons, Holiday gift sponsorship, back to school, and other special occasions. Volunteers are needed to assist with these programs and projects throughout the year.
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