Babies who are cuddled have better growth and stability and typically shorter hospital stays than babies who aren't. Cuddler volunteers hold and talk to these babies when families are unvailable, freeing up medical staff to continue other important tasks. Contact your local NICU (neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital) to see if they have … Continue reading #8. Volunteer to cuddle and talk to babies in a local NICU.
If you're interested in helping children in foster care but lack the resources to be a foster parent yourself, respite care it a great way to offer your support. Respite providers receive training in order to be qualified to care for foster children on a short-term basis. They then connect with foster families in their … Continue reading #5. Provide respite care for foster families.