COVID-19 Impacts Foster Youth – April 2nd, 2020

Over the past week, older foster youth have begun to feel the effects of shutdowns associated with the COVID-19 virus. While we all have to cope with the uncertainty and lack of socialization that comes with fighting the virus, this can be particularly difficult for older foster youth who may not have other support systems. Many older foster youth work in sectors that have been affected such as the tourism and restaurant industry. They are facing a long road ahead of uncertainty around their employment and future in addition to the uncertainty they already experience living in foster care.

The shutdowns have also affected many of the younger foster youth who are involved in sports, the arts and other group socialization activities. These youth are feeling the sorrow of not being able to meet with their groups and friends who often are key in helping children in foster care cope with their feelings.

The Foundation for Foster Children (FFC) is working to serve these youth and encourage others to do the same. FFC is reaching out to youth to check up on them during this time and offer assistance and encouragement.

Here’s how FFC is Responding:

1. Providing rental assistance for foster youth who have lost jobs
2. Tutoring foster youth so they don’t fall behind in school
3. Checking in on foster youth and helping them process emotions during the crisis
4. Providing digital tools and resources for foster youth to connect and learn
5. Helping families with essential needs and resources

 

Other Ways You Can Help

A Card of Encouragement: We’d like to send an encouraging card to each of the foster families we work with. We’d love it if you would write 5 short cards that encourage them. We suggest just using blank cards but if you want to use special cards or make them that is wonderful.

Sample: The Foundation for Foster Children just wanted to write you a note to say we are thinking of you and are wishing you the best during this uncertain time. We know many families are dealing with a lot right now and we wanted to thank you for the way you care for your foster kids. People like you make this community a better place and you are helping raise the future of our community. Thank you and please visit our website if there is ever anything you need. Thanks, (Your Name) on behalf of the Foundation for Foster Children.

Once completed, send them to our office,

FFC Attn: Encouragement Cards

2265 Lee Rd Suite 203, Winter Park, FL 32789

A Happy Graduation Card: Many of our foster youth are looking forward to graduation but a ceremony is up in the air. We’d love to send them a happy graduation card. Please write 5 cards to send to foster youth. We suggest just using blank cards but if you want to use special cards or make them that is wonderful.

Sample: We just wanted to say a big happy graduation to you! You’ve worked hard to get this far and we’re proud of what you have accomplished! We know this year has been crazy but you deserve to be celebrated! We know your hard work will continue to bring you success. Best Wishes, (Your Name) on behalf of the Foundation for Foster Children.

Once completed, send them to our office,

FFC Attn: Graduation Cards

2265 Lee Rd Suite 203, Winter Park, FL 32789

Donate to Directly Help Youth: Please consider donating to FFC to directly help a youth in need during this time. There are critical needs in our community and you can help.

Donate Today

Facebook or Instagram Post: We’d love it if you would re-post a message about the needs of the Foundation on your own Facebook or Instagram accounts. This would help us spread the word about the good work that the Foundation is doing and bring awareness to the needs of Foster youth. Please go to our Facebook page and pick any post we have there and repost it on your Facebook.

Start a Fundraiser on Facebook: If you have a birthday or special event coming you can easily start a fundraiser on your Facebook page.

Just go on Facebook and search for Foundation for Foster Children.

Once there you can scroll down to the fundraising section and hit the +Create button and Facebook will guide you through the rest.

 

Activities and Information for Foster Families

FFC wants to help give some resources for the many foster families that are staying home during this time. The following is a list of resources. Please note these are outside websites monitored and run by other organizations. For more activities please email info@ffc.org.

Math Fun- Bedtime Math Nonprofit

Museum Virtual Tour- Travel and Leisure Article

Free Education App- Khan Academy

Florida Health Department has daily updates and information

 

Activities and Information to Help Foster Youth

If you are a foster youth in need please use our funding request forms to fill out for service requests.

https://foundationforfosterchildren.org/funding-request-forms/