Kids are placed into foster care because of varying levels of abuse and neglect. They are removed from their homes in a moments notice 24/7/365, usually with the clothes on their backs and whatever can be thrown into a bag.
AFS caseworkers receive calls from partnering counties stating a youth/s must be placed immediately. Caseworkers start making calls (many times in the middle of the night) to all eligible foster homes until a placement can be found.
AFS helps secure resources for foster parents once a child is placed. The youth comes into the home with very few personal belongings so AFS and foster parents team-up to purchase clothing, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, etc. While county contracts pay for basic needs (food, shelter, medical expenses), it is up to the foster parents and AFS to cover any additional costs. We feel it is important that all youth have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities like sports, art, dance and summer camp. In additions to helping the youth feel "normal" these activities are very therapeutic.
100% of donations directly provide critical needs and resources for AFS clients. Please donate and spread the word!
AFS is a foster care, mental health and adoption agency that serves foster youth ages 0-21 - Learn about AFS. Choose hours you will donate to help AFS win that prize. Make your donation @ the AFS Contest Page.
You may donate any hour on May 4th, however, donating during the times below increases our chances of AFS winning prize/grant money that will benefit the foster youth we serve.
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Thank you East Bay Community Foundation for hosting the Give-a-thon!
Unique donor: A person who donates one time in a one hour window. If someone donates two times in a one hour window, they are only considered a “unique donor” the first time. A person may be a “unique donor” one time each hour so you can be a unique donor 24 times. To win “most # of unique donors” prize, we need a high number of people to donate $25 or more in the designated hour.
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HELP A FOSTER YOUTH REACH NEW HEIGHTS
Help us raise $365 worth of critical needs for 100 foster youth
HOW DONATIONS CAN HELP FOSTER YOUTH
- $3000 can pay for 80 new backpacks, 120 hours of tutoring or send 50 youth to summer camp
- $5000 can pay for 90 SAT exams
- $10,000 can pay for 100 hours of 1-1 mentoring