Foster Care :: Support Our Children

Foster care is something that has always held a special place in my heart. There are a ton of different reasons children can need temporary or long term foster care. 

My husband and I have talked for a long time about opening our home to foster. Currently, we have chosen to put that on the back burner for now. 

We still felt the need to serve the foster children in our area. For me, these children are OUR children and they are a part of our community. It is our job to help anyway we can. 

I understand that everyone can’t be a foster parent today, but there are ways you can help serve. Here are a few:

  1. Find a local foster parent in your neighborhood, at your child’s school or at your church. Offer to babysit, provide meals or offer to grab coffee and listen. Fostering is a roller coaster and there are a lot of emotions that sometimes need to be released in a safe place. 
  2. Reach out to your local Department of Family Services. Find out what things are needed locally. You could donate the items yourself or organize a group to get foster parents materials that are needed. 
  3. You can also become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children in foster care. This is a 5-8 hours per month commitment and you will only handle one foster case at a time. Your role is to advocate for the children in each situation. 
  4. Organize meal trains that will provide meals for foster families. 
  5. Deliver care packages when a family gets a new placement. A lot of times, children are sent with just the clothes on their backs. It would be extremely helpful to get a care packaged filled with items for their child.

There are many ways that you can help over and beyond what is listed here. I want to ask you to do something … these are OUR children. We are here to take care of our community, I encourage you to find a place in your community and show love.

Tiffany is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Desmond. Together they get to play the roles of Mommy and Daddy to Micah, a gifted Math Wiz of a teenager who is always making people laugh, and Keilyn, a spunky, flower loving, dancing girl who will stop and talk to anyone she meets. She was born and raised in Baton Rouge and has Cajun blood running through her veins. She works full time outside of the home in business administration. She started the journey of motherhood young but wouldn’t have it any other way. Her children have taught her to laugh, play and that sometimes it’s ok not to have a plan! She has a passion for teenagers and is an active mentor in her church’s youth group. In her rare free time she enjoys shopping, coffee, and date nights with her husband. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and enjoys meeting new people, making people laugh, and spending time with friends and family.

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