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.
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).