#24. Give adoptive and foster families books with adoption and foster themes.

Representation matters, and one way to help adopted and foster children and their families feel seen, heard, and supported is to give them books that reflect their circumstances. If you are friends with adoptive and foster families, ask them if you can gift their children some of these books. If you don't personally know adoptive … Continue reading #24. Give adoptive and foster families books with adoption and foster themes.

#14. Donate supplies to child welfare agencies.

Connect with local child welfare agencies or specific child welfare workers and find out what supplies the children they work with need most often. You may be able to help with toys for visitation rooms; socks and underwear for children with too few clothes; blankets, quilts, and stuffed animals for children as they enter care; … Continue reading #14. Donate supplies to child welfare agencies.

#12. Buy sidewalk counselors a coffee.

Sidewalk counselors are people who wait peacefully outside abortion clinics to offer resources and compassion to women seeking abortion. This work can be emotionally and physically exhausting, and counselors appreciate tangible and emotional support. Find out when they're outside your local clinics, and show up with some small coffees for them or, depending on the … Continue reading #12. Buy sidewalk counselors a coffee.

#10. Talk to your priest or pastor about discussing abortion publicly within your church.

Please note this entry is written with Christian readers in mind, but we hope the ideas are also useful to Jews, Muslims, and anyone else who regularly participates in a religious community. If your church doesn't already address abortion directly, consider having a private meeting with church leadership to discuss their approach. This can be … Continue reading #10. Talk to your priest or pastor about discussing abortion publicly within your church.

#8. Volunteer to cuddle and talk to babies in a local NICU.

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.

#5. Provide respite care for foster families.

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.

#4. Clean out your closets (and your kids’ closets).

Pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes often accept gently used children's books and toys, newborn and infant clothing, maternity clothes, and other items. Look up the organizations nearest you (just Google your city and "pregnancy resource center" or "maternity home") and call them first to find out what items they accept and how they'd like … Continue reading #4. Clean out your closets (and your kids’ closets).