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More Ways You Can Help
How can you help? Even if you can't become a foster or adoptive parent yourself, there are lots of ways to support the children and families in your community.
- Put together “starter kits” for children and youth who first come into foster care. Starter kits are backpacks filled with the basics— toothbrush, pajamas, socks, toiletries— as well as a soft toy or art supplies to help make those first days easier.
- Become a mentor to a youth leaving foster care. Contact Facing Foster Care in Alaska , a group dedicated to giving foster youth a vocice, to learn more about mentor programs around the state.
- Do you know a youth who came out of the foster care system and who is away at school? Put together a care package for him or her. Everybody likes cookies!
- Make a cash donation to ACRF–Alaska Center for Resource Families to help with May Foster Parent Appreciation Month activities in your community.
- Donate a laptop computer for children and teens in foster care. Contact Facing Foster Care in Alaska or Rep. Les Gara’s office at (907) 269-0106 to find out more about this program.
- Think about adopting. Learn more about your options in our publications Paths to Adoption in Alaska.
- Donate to Facing Foster Care in Alaska to help support a youth from around Alaska to attend a quarterly retreat to learn leadership and build skills to succeed in the world.
- Join the Foster Wear program if you have a business that sells clothing or products useful for families.
- Donate passes to events or tickets that resource families can use for fun and recreation.
- Support your employees who are foster or adoptive parents by having a family friendly workplace.
- Become a voice for children in court by becoming a Court-Appointed Special Advocate or CASA. Find out more from Alaska CASA.