Unfortunately, a lot of people are unaware of the tough life of children in foster care. As of 2019, there are more than 13,000 kids in foster care in Arizona. Many nonprofit organizations are constantly trying to help, often with no state or federal funding, but they cannot do it alone. They need the community support and help to make things happen. If you donate to these organizations, you can also take advantage of Arizona Foster Care Tax. In this post, we are discussing more on children in foster care in the state, and how you can help.
Why do children end up in foster care?
There are several factors that can lead to such a situation. Many children in foster care have suffered mental, physical and sexual abuse at home, or have been neglected by their own parents. In many cases, they had to end up in foster care because of incarceration. Medical neglect, abandonment, and death of parents are other reasons. In event of death of both parents, someone within the family may come up to help the child, but if that doesn’t happen, foster care may be the only option.
‘Sorry, I cannot be a foster parent. What else can I do?’
It’s okay. Foster parenting or opting to adopt is not a decision to be taken lightly, and it is not a choice for many people. The best way you can help is by donating money. Organizations, such as affcf.org have been working for children in foster care in Arizona, and they are encouraging all sorts of donations. Even something as small as $100 can help a child, so don’t shy away from giving what you can. You can also choose to help foster parents, caregivers, by offering respite care. Parenting a child who has been in foster care is never easy, so foster parents appreciate help coming their way.
What are the other ways to help?
If you want to help children in foster care, you can arrange a local fundraiser, work with these organizations directly to mentor teens, or even collects supplies for donation. Many children don’t even have the basic personal belongings they need, and you can collect good things from people you know, which can be donated.
Smaller steps can go a long way in helping children in foster care, and each one of us can make a difference in the right directly.