VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE CASA OF LOS ANGELES 323-859-2888 www.casaforchildren.org Social workers can have caseloads of up to 50 foster children and cannot possibly provide the needed oversight. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to be a “Court Appointed Special Advocate” for one child in foster care. CASA volunteers are often the only constant adult in a child’s life, and they ensure a child’s needs are not overlooked. Many children point to their CASA volunteer as the person who made a huge difference during their time living in foster care.
EDUCATIONAL ADVOCATE CHILDREN’S LAW CENTER OF LOS ANGELES Patrick Hirsch firstname.lastname@example.org Due to frequent school changes and lack of parental support, many children in foster care struggle in school, greatly damaging their chances for future success. You can change a child’s future by becoming an “Educational Rights Holder” for a foster child. Educational advocates interact with the child and school staff to ensure the child is receiving proper attention and assistance from teachers and school leadership.
MENTOR / HOST / ADVOCATE KIDSAVE 310-642-7283 www.kidsave.org There are hundreds of children in foster care in LA who are waiting for an adoptive family to find them. Kidsave is an innovative program that allows volunteers to meet, befriend and advocate for some of these children hidden from public view. Provide encouragement & support to a waiting child as you accompany him or her to events designed for interaction with potential adoptive families. You are also welcome to introduce the child(ren) to people in your own community in order to raise awareness of their desire to be adopted.
TAKE A CHILD TO CHURCH COVENANTS FOR KIDS 626-398-2465 teachinglikejesus.org/covenants-for-kids There are children living in foster care who would welcome the opportunity to attend a local church, but they need someone safe to bring them. Covenants for Kids is a program that allows children in foster care to have a church family. Volunteers are matched with a nearby child, and they drive the child to their own church. Children can attend Sunday morning service, Sunday school, youth group, choir, vacation Bible school and other events, giving the child an opportunity to learn about God’s love for them. Children may even meet their forever family at your church and be matched for adoption.
FOSTER PARENTING AND ADOPTION KOINONIA FAMILY SERVICES 310-217-0930 www.kfh.org OLIVE CREST 562-866-8956 www.olivecrest.org Foster and adoptive parenting is one of the best ways to impact the life of a child, and LA County has a great lack of foster/adoptive parents right now. Koinonia Family Services and Olive Crest are faith-based foster care and adoption agencies that offer excellent training and support. They are looking for individuals and couples interested in providing short term or longer term foster care to children in need of a stable, loving home. Each agency offers foster-adopt placements for those who want to offer a permament family through adoption.
DEPT. OF CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES (DCFS) 888-811-1121 lacdcfs.org/shareyourheartla DCFS is the local government agency responsible for the 21,000 children in foster care in LA County. Foster and adoptive parenting is one of the best ways to impact the life of a child, and LA County is in need of more foster parents. They are seeking couples and individuals to foster or adopt children from newborn to teens.
YOUTH CLUB & SUMMER CAMP MENTOR IMPACTING HEARTS OF YOUNG LIFE 323-313-5209 www.impactinghearts.younglife.org ROYAL FAMILY KIDS 714-438-2494 www.royalfamilykids.org TEEN LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION 949 -899-8100 www.teenleadershipfoundation.com Youth in foster care can find genuine relationships and care at local youth clubs and summer camps. There is a great need for more volunteers to help reveal God’s love, truth and grace through real relationships that provide these youth with love, support and a sense of “family”. Volunteers with Impacting Hearts, Royal Family Kids and Teen Leadership Foundation mentor at weekly clubs or monthly gatherings. Each agency operates in different ways, but a life-changing summer camp is an instrumental experience for each local mentoring organization.
JOB & LIFE SKILLS MENTOR FOSTERING HOPE LA 310-292-9734 ”FosteringHopeLA” on facebook TEEN LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION 949 -899-8100 www.teenleadershipfoundation.com Without an adoptive family, older teens will emancipate from foster care between age 18-21 in Los Angeles. Fostering Hope LA and Teen Leadership Foundation provide one on one mentorship to older youth who need job and life skills training. Christian mentors provide consistent, healthy adult interaction and guidance to teens and young adults as they learn to develop skills and good character for the workplace. Mentors share the love of Jesus as they prepare youth to succeed in their employment, education & personal relationships. Each organization’s program is unique. In addition to life skills training, Teen Leadership Foundation also operates The Launch Pad, a supportive transitional housing opportunity for emancipated young adults.