Meeting individual needs
We fund specific needs for individual foster youths on a case-by-case basis.
As of summer 2017, we have already approved to fund orthodontic treatments for five youths in foster care. Orthodontics are almost impossible to get paid for through Medi-Cal, so many foster children who desperately need braces to improve their dental health and/or self esteem do not get them.
We help fund professional drivers’ training for current and former foster youth. These young people often have no opportunity to learn to drive from parents or other adults. Yet, being able to drive is often a critical skill in Sonoma County, helping young people hold a job, pursue an education and find somewhat affordable housing.
Other individual needs
Specialized therapy for an autistic child, piano lessons, gymnastics, basketball, summer camp for two siblings who are in foster care because their single parent is deployed with the military and an after-school cheer program are examples of other needs that we have funded that would have otherwise gone unmet.
The foster care community is excited that we are here to help with these urgent needs, and so are we!
Do YOU have a need? If a foster youth or foster family has a specific need that meets the following criteria:
- you have tried but cannot find funding for it elsewhere, and
- fulfilling the need would significantly enhance the well-being of the foster youth or their prospects for a better future, or
- it would enable a foster family to take in siblings,
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send you the application form. All applications need the approval of the social worker. Each application is evaluated by the Board of Directors and decided on a case-by-case basis.