There will come a time when you accept a placement and realize, “Wow, I need XXX.” We want you to know the most efficient way to get what you need when you need it. We don’t want you running around buying everything for yourself when we’re here to help.
So, when you need something, what do you do?
Make a call to The CALL
When you have a need for clothes or other items for your foster child we want your first call to be to us. You should call your Foster Family Coordinator, Nancy Wisdom, every time you get a placement so she can find out what you need. A call (or Facebook message) should also be made to our Boutique Coordinator Ashle Wilson. She can make sure you’ve got what you need at the boutique you’re closest to. She will also be able to let you know if we have the item/clothes you need on hand. If we don’t, we will put out a Facebook SOS for you to see if anyone is willing to donate the item.
Get on Facebook
Facebook is a great tool and it’s made The CALL’s job and foster families jobs easier. Most of the people on your friend’s list probably know you’re a foster parent. If they don’t, let them know. If you need something, after you’ve contacted The CALL, put a post on Facebook. “Hey, we’ve just received another foster placement and we’re needing a XXX. Does anyone have one we can borrow or buy cheap?” You’d be amazed at how many of your friends and family are willing to help you out.
Talk to your church
If your church or small group doesn’t know that you’re a foster family, you need to tell them. Once they know, get them involved. Let them know when you or one of your foster family friends has a need. Just let them know when a need arises and once again, you’ll be surprised at how many people will step up to help.
It is our experience that 90% of the time, you can get what you need without having to purchase an item new through one of these many options. You need to know that we are going to try everything we can to get you what you need. We have a growing number of families so sometimes we don’t have it right off hand, but we do our best to get it to you.
There are those times when you might have to buy something, but if you reach out to your resources those times should be far and few between. Don’t choose not to reach out because you feel like you should take care of this yourself. Not everyone can foster. Those that can’t foster want to find a way to bless foster families and foster children. This is how they contribute. Let them contribute. You have enough on your plate and your stipend is spread out thin enough as it is.