Foundation for Foster Children

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Address:

2265 Lee Rd Suite 203
Winter Park, FL 32789

Phone:

407.422.4615

Fax:

407.422.3668



We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today…

About

“The Mission of the Foundation for Foster Children is to enrich the lives of children placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect by providing opportunities that nurture their ability to succeed both as individuals and contributing members of our community.”

In late 2006, a small group of friends, with a wealth of community volunteer experience, came together in an effort to understand the unmet needs of children in foster care. During a 15 month process of research and review, the Foundation for Foster Children’s founding board of directors conducted extensive research to determine the unmet needs of foster children in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. In September 2007, the Foundation for Foster Children was created.

The Foundation for Foster Children strengthens our community by providing direct support to foster children and foster families in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, where there are approximately 1400 ethnically diverse foster children residing.  Since 2008, the Foundation has provided funding and in-kind support for the unmet needs of these youth through five main programs. In the last fiscal year, over 2925 units of service were awarded through one of these incredibly important programs:

  • Fostering Success Grants- This program was established to provide ways for foster children to participate in athletic programs, the arts, educational opportunities and/or assist in providing the typical childhood experiences from which to build positive life experiences that would otherwise be unaffordable.
  • B.E.S.T. - (Building Educational Success Together) This tutoring program provides children in foster care individualized, intensive in-home tutoring 1-2 times per week.
  • Emergency Duffels/ Luggage- Provides foster children coming into care or transitioning into a new home with basic personal hygiene items and age-appropriate items. This also ensures youth do not move their belongings in trash bags, but can move using luggage with DIGNITY.
  • Housewarming Baskets- Foster youth turning 18 receive a laundry basket filled with linens and household items to aid as they move into independence.
  • Celebration Club- Celebrates foster children’s often forgotten special day with a custom cake and birthday gift.

Statistics show that participation in programs like these teaches independence, builds self esteem and inspires confidence in the lives of children who too often feel forgotten and unimportant.  While these children are considered ‘wards of the state’, funds to support typical childhood experiences, activities and educational enrichment for foster youth are not readily available from government sources. It is our joy and honor to be able to serve these children each and every day.

 


Meet our Staff


Meet our Board

  • <em>Alana Brenner,</em> Vice President

    Alana Brenner, Vice President

    Alana Brenner was appointed Orlando City Clerk by Mayor Buddy Dyer on June 1, 2004. In that capacity, she serves as the corporate secretary for the City…

  • <em>Amy Lee,</em>Program Chair

    Amy Lee,Program Chair

    Amy currently serves on the Booster Club Board at the Lake Highland Preparatory School and was responsible for running LHP’s 2011 Fall Fundraiser…

  • <em>Andrea Pate,</em> Secretary

    Andrea Pate, Secretary

    A native of St. Louis, Andrea Rosser attended William Woods University before relocating to Orlando in 2005 to attend Barry University School of Law…

  • <em>Candy Pitman</em>

    Candy Pitman

  • <em>Don Howard,</em> Director

    Don Howard, Director

    Don, a trained pharmacist with over 30 years of pharmacy operating experience and leadership, has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcariaHealth, a leading national specialty pharmacy company since March 2011…

  • <em>Evelyn Wilson,</em> Director

    Evelyn Wilson, Director

    Evelyn Wilson, President of Evelyn Wilson Inc. has over 16 years of experience in Human Resources. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Evelyn was Senior Vice President…

  • <em>Jose Taitt</em>

    Jose Taitt

  • <em>Kate Ashby,</em> Director

    Kate Ashby, Director

    Kate is the assistant publisher of Orange Appeal magazine, a leading local magazine dedicated to women. She works alongside her mom, Christi, who started the publication in 2008…

  • <em>Kelly Carline,</em> Treasurer

    Kelly Carline, Treasurer

    Kelly Carline is the Tax Director for Universal Orlando. Prior to joining Universal, she was a tax consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she served a variety of clients nationwide.

  • <em>Lara Lee,</em> Director

    Lara Lee, Director

    Lara has been affiliated with Habitat for Humanity and American Cancer Society. As an active member of the Junior League of Greater Orlando, Lara led efforts…

  • <em>Laura Eidson-Cosgrove,</em> President

    Laura Eidson-Cosgrove, President

    Laura currently serves on the Board of Visitors and Alumni for Lake Highland Preparatory School, the Governing Board for the ATHENA PowerLink Program…

  • <em>Maggie Reynolds</em>

    Maggie Reynolds

  • <em>Megan Miller,</em> Director

    Megan Miller, Director

    Megan is an Orlando native. She went to Clemson University to earn her degree in Marketing. Upon leaving college, she returned to Orlando and worked in Human Resources for 4 years…

  • <em>Michelle Chira-Carlton,</em> Past President

    Michelle Chira-Carlton, Past President

    Michelle is a lifelong resident of Orlando. She spent 13 years in leadership roles with the Junior League of Greater Orlando, serving in the capacity of Vice President twice…

  • <em>Ron Piccolo,</em> Director

    Ron Piccolo, Director

    Ron Piccolo is the Cornell Professor of Management and Academic Director for the Center for Leadership Development at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business…

  • <em>Sandra G. Hostetter,</em> Director

    Sandra G. Hostetter, Director

    Sandy Hostetter, President of CNLBank, Central Florida has over 29 years of experience in the financial services industry…

  • <em>Shana Small,</em> PR/ Marketing Chair

    Shana Small, PR/ Marketing Chair

    Shana is originally from Houston, Texas and received a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida…

  • <em>Susan Curtis</em>

    Susan Curtis