If we ever needed to come together as a community, now is the time. The Coronavirus crisis has caused widespread disturbances in our everyday lives; and that’s especially true for foster parents. Schools are closed, jobs are at stake or have been eliminated, and life as we once know it, is now very unpredictable.
Now, more than ever, people in our community, especially foster youth, are finding themselves without the necessary items they need. Here are some powerful tips on how you can help foster youth during a crisis.
1. Take Immediate Action: Make an online donation to your local foster care agency. Local youth who are in foster care are struggling right now, due to not having enough essential supplies, such as toilet paper and masks to keep them safe. The Children’s Foundation of America, a partner of Trinity Youth Services, is currently accepting donations to help provide essential resources to local foster youth. Visit www.childrensfoundationofamerica.org/donate to support.
2. Promote Your Local Foster Care Agency on Social Media: While it’s true that the Coronavirus has shut down our communities, some agencies are choosing to host virtual foster parent orientations to provide needed information while keeping everyone safe. Check with your local agency to see how you can help support them. Also consider posting inspiring quotes about helping children, or sharing a video of what you’re doing to make a difference in your community. Doing these things on a regular basis will motivate others to take action.
3. Consider Your Options: If you want to make positive impact in a child’s life, but aren’t necessarily ready to foster/adopt, consider signing up to become a respite parent, which provides certified foster parents time away when needed. You can sign up online to get the process started here.
To learn more, please call 888-346-9645 and check back for more helpful tips on how you can support your community!
Eve Powers, Foster Care Marketing Specialist
Eve has a strong commitment to helping foster youth and their families thrive and live successful lives. A former foster youth, Eve obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified Holistic Life Coach, motivational writer, self-help author and celebrity interviewer. Beyond the Trinity Youth Services blog, Eve’s articles can be found in numerous platforms including Foster Focus Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Centric and Huffington Post. A passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, Eve continues to educate, support and mentor foster youth throughout Southern California.