One major way to support pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) is to make sure your community knows where they are and what services they offer. Contact the PRC and tell them you'd like to help them advertise by placing a newspaper ad. Find out whether it would be easier for you to give them a donation … Continue reading #50. Post ads in newspapers for local pregnancy resource centers.
First, consider which organizations or people you would like to donate to. Contact them in advance to find out what kind of donations they accept and whether there are particular items they need. Then let the search commence. Thrift shopping is like treasure hunting; many of the shop's wares will be of no use to … Continue reading #48. Go thrift shopping.
A CASA or GAL is a person appointed by a court to represent a child's best interest in cases of abuse or neglect. People of all kinds of backgrounds volunteer as CASAs and GALs. There's no prior special training required (you receive training as part of the onboarding process). The most effective CASA or GAL … Continue reading #45. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or guardian at litem (GAL) for foster children.
Many foster parents care for both biological children and foster children. Foster children may have time-consuming and complicated appointment schedules (e.g. therapy sessions, doctor's appointments, vistiation dates, caseworker check ups). You can give the parents a bit of breathing room by offering to watch the other kids while they take their foster children through these … Continue reading #34. Babysit siblings so parents can take foster children to appointments.
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. Surveys suggest approximately 4 in 10 women who get abortions were attending church regularly at the time they aborted. While many churches work … Continue reading #30. Support women with unintended pregnancies in your church.
Title IX is a law that prevents any school which receives federal money from discriminating against students on the basis of sex, including on the basis of pregnancy or parenting status. Schools that receive federal money are required to allow pregnant students to continue participating in classes and extra curricular activities; choose whether to participate … Continue reading #25. Work with local high schools to support pregnant and parenting students.
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.
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.
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.