FOSTERING CONNECTIONS ST. JOHNS
Caring for foster families. Creating a better tomorrow.
At Fostering Connections St. Johns, we provide support for children in foster care and foster families through fundraising, volunteerism, and advocacy.
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Who are we?
Fostering Connections St. Johns is a nonprofit organization founded in 2019 that provides support for children in foster care and foster parents through fundraising, volunteerism, and advocacy. Aubrie Simpson-Gotham, a local educator, founded our organization to help all foster youth reach their full potential and connect volunteers and community leaders to opportunities to assist foster families in providing stable, loving homes for children in transition.
We strongly believe that all children have unique gifts and talents to share with the world and need to know that they deserve to feel loved and valued by their family and supported by their community. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council consists of caring community leaders who are passionate about helping youth in foster care and foster parents make family feel like home. We are a diverse group of professionals. Several of our board members are currently foster parents or have served in that capacity.
What do we do?
We provide support and comforts for youth in foster care: We give comfort to children in foster care by providing care packages to children who are entering foster care, including essentials they need to help settle in to a new family environment. Often, children come into foster care with only the clothes or their back or a few items in trash bags. Experiencing the emotional trauma of a home change can leave a child feeling unloved and uncertain about their future. Receiving a care package or a gift card for back to school shopping gives these children the message that they are loved and supported by their community, and helps the transition to a new foster family feel more secure.
We give foster parents the supports and resources they need: Through our outreach events, Backpack Brigade Closet, and additional support services, we help foster parents access the resources they need to care for our foster youth. Our foster parents give their time and love to the children in their care, providing day to day care and attending all meetings on behalf of the child. We want all foster parents to feel supported, loved, valued, and appreciated for the love and care they provide for the foster youth that they support.
We connect the community around this multifaceted issue: We share information with the St Johns community related to opportunities to provide support to the foster care families through education, awareness, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities.
How can I support the work of Fostering Connections St. Johns?
Sponsor a care package for a child entering foster care.
Support an outreach event by serving as an event sponsor.
Volunteer on one of our committees:
Backpack Brigade: Filling care packages for children in foster care, while sorting and distributing donations for the Backpack Brigade Closet.
Marketing: Assisting with promoting FCSJ and its message through digital and print media.
Community Service: Assisting with planning and implementing outreach events for foster families.
Outreach: Connecting volunteers and donors to FCSJ and assisting with fundraisers.
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