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, visitation 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.
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.
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.