Q. What is Foster Care Support Foundation?
A. THE FOSTER CARE SUPPORT FOUNDATION, INC.(FCSF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax exempt organization that provides free clothes, toys, and infant equipment for Georgia’s basic-care foster and displaced children receiving less than $25 per day for their care. FCSF started in a garage in 1996 due to the cry for help for our children in protective custody needing quality homes for their care. Incorporating in 2000, FCSF moved into a small 2 room trailer in late 2000 on the grounds of the Roswell United Methodist Church, serving 864 children its first year. Now, FCSF operates from its 20,000 sq ft facility and has served over 33,000 children since its early start in the small trailer. FCSF received it very first $1500 monetary donation from Judge Hatchett in 2001 and now provides over $10million worth of in kind goods to children on a ½ million dollar budget. Always a strain on such a small budget, FCSF continuously seeks sponsorships and supporters to meet the needs of more children needing help. Each child recei ves a complete seasonal wardrobe for children that are displaced in either foster care or relative care homes including underwear, socks, shoes, coat or bathing suit(seasonal), toys, books and misc. basic care items. Foster homes with foster infants may receive, on loan, infant care equipment such as car seat, high chair, stroller, etc. All items are free upon availability. FCSF is a volunteer driven non-profit 501©3 tax exempt organization that partners with DFCS and private foster care agencies to meet the needs of displaced children. Children may receive year round and summer items and infant equipment March thru Sept. and winter items etc. Sept. thru March. Infants may receive each time they change size until they are in size 12 month clothes. Foster Care Support serves every county in Georgia.
Q. What does Foster Care Support Foundation do?
A. FCSF provides a complete seasonal wardrobe including underwear, socks, shoes, coat or bathing suit, toys, books and misc. items to children that are foster or displaced and receive basic care per-diem. Foster homes with foster infants may receive, on loan, infant care equipment such as car seat, high chair, stroller and other miscellaneous basic care items needed to raise a child. All items are free upon availability. FCSF is a volunteer driven non-profit 501©3 tax exempt organization that partners with DFCS, relative care organizations and private foster care agencies to meet the needs of displaced children. Children may receive year round, for summer items and infant equipment March thru Sept. and winter items etc. September through March. Infants may receive each time they change size until they are in size 12 month clothes. Foster Care Support serves every county in Georgia.
Q. Who is eligible?
A. Foster children in a Georgia DFCS county or child placement agency foster home receiving less than $25 per day including salaried caregiver pay and special waivers from county or agency. Foster children qualify after their 72-hour hearing determines their stay in foster care. Relatives caring for children in DFCS custody put into approved monitored relatives homes are eligible for up to two years /renewable by review. Grandchildren put into biological grandparent homes with an eligible DFCS or CPS referral or verification or by the courts can receive for up to two years. College age foster children that have signed themselves back into the system while attending school are eligible. Independent living program children coming from foster or group home setting that are now on their own are eligible to receive clothing from FCSF for up to 2 years once per-diem is no longer paid to a group home or institutional provider for their care or oversight. Grands Raising Grands or relative care givers that age 65 and older regardless of how many visits.
Foster parents need to furnish their own first infant crib but may be able to receive a crib for a second infant placed in their home if both are foster children. Relative homes should seek help for car seats from the DFCS State car seat program for
reimbursement of a car seat for each child and/or area Fire Department’s program for car seat & safety instruction.
Q. Who is not eligible?
A. Our belief is that a parent wishing to adopt should be able to provide. A foster child whose biological parents’ parental rights have been terminated that is in the process of being adopted by the home he/she resides in is not eligible from the day they terminate parental rights. Foster children that are waiting to be adopted by another family other than the one they are living with are eligible until they are placed into the home of impending permanency through non biological adoption.
Foster children receiving more than $25 per day are not eligible at this time. Foster parents receiving per-diem and a combined partner or salary pay for foster care services of $25 or more per day are not eligible. As our resources grow, so will the children we serve; for now we are serving those that receive the least of compensation. Because of high assessment LOC paid to private providers, private agency parents with per-diems of $25 or less may receive clothes and toys but are responsible for their own infant equipment.
Q. How often may I come?
A. Foster children may receive summer clothes, toys and infant equipment March through September and winter clothes, etc. September through March. Infants (less than size 12 months clothes) may receive clothing as they change size until they are in size 12 month clothes, which is at or about 20 pounds, after which, they may come twice yearly like the others.
Q. How does my foster child get clothes, toys and infant care equipment?
A. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an appointment form to be emailed to you. if you don’t have email, call the office and they will call you once they get the phone messages after email requests are filled. When you receive the form by email, follow the directions by clicking reply, which will allow you to scroll down the email and fill out the information form. There is no attachment. Then click ‘send’ and an appointment will be emailed to you. Once you have an appointment, ask your case worker to verify with FCSF. If you live 70 miles or more from the FCSF’s center per map quest, you may fax a mail order form to our office from your DFCS fax once your caseworker has signed it. We will mail your free clothing to be picked up at your DFCS office on a 1st in 1st filled basis. For mail out forms, email email@example.com with your home address, your county and private agency name that you foster for and request a mail out form. Toys and infant equipment are not currently mailed due to high shipping cost, and you may want to make the trip for all the extras such as bikes, large bag of toys, games, and infant care equipment etc. Pick up orders for outside counties receive all of the clothing, toys or pick up on the scheduled pick up date. Private agencies must use verification forms provided by FCSF and fill out all information required for your families to be served.
Q. Where is Foster Care Support Foundation?
A. Foster Care Support is located at 115 Mansell Place, Roswell GA 30076 Directions can be found on our website. Do not Google the address because it will give you the mailing office address instead. Playroom and nursery provided during shopping.
Q. What other services does Foster Care Support provide?
A. Continuing education training is also offered for free credited FP continuing education per year Sept. thru Nov., and Jan. thru May. For more information, directions and to RSVP for training, visit www.fostercares.org Foster and/or adoption orientation for becoming a county foster or adoptive parent and monthly training can be found under our website training/training schedule tab atop the homepage. If your county is not represented, please ask her county director to email your county training information to be added to our website.
Q. How is Foster Care Support Foundation funded?
A. FCSF is an volunteer driven 501(C)3 non-profit organization. FCSF receives no government funds but is supported solely by community support, foundation and corporate grants, faith based and civic organizations, private individual and corporate sponsorships, plus those generous enough to help and give for the best interest of children in crisis. FCSF is not owned or operated by the state but partners with State DFACS programs to help an average of 3000 children annually. If you would like to contribute to help Georgia's foster children, a tax deductible receipt will be mailed to you for your donation.
Q. How many children are in Foster Care in Georgia?
A. There is an average of 8000 children in foster care. Most of the ones in family foster homes are being cared for by foster parents receiving $15.00 to $19.30 per day to furnish all basic care items. Others still are placed with relatives who are many times receiving no compensation or only 80% of what a foster parent would get for caring for siblings children or grandchildren.
According to research, it takes an average of $30 per day to feed clothe and care for average 9 yr old child. Take into consideration that younger children such as an infant requires a crib, diapers, stroller, car seat(mandatory by law) and high chair, the basic per diem barely covers food. Georgia is in need of more caring and nurturing homes for the children in our state. More good quality supported homes mean less group homes and institutions, less attachment disorder in children and less tax money going for their care.