Family Support Collaborative
Lutheran Family Services is a social and educational services agency that has 23 locations statewide. We help children in foster care find temporary or lifetime parents, we strengthen families so that they remain intact, we support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may live and thrive in their communities, and we give children with emotional and behavioral challenges the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. We provide Foster Care and Adoption Services as well as Outpatient Counseling (post-adoption counseling, play therapy, trauma-focused therapy).
Matthew's Child was established to support, advocate, educate, and enhance our foster and adoptive community.
It is our belief that it takes a community to raise a child. Everyone is involved, be it parents, social workers, teachers, therapists, neighbors, friends, or coaches. Not everyone is called to take children into their home; but those that are need support from others. A friendly word of encouragement or a cup a coffee; a night out to go on a real date (outside of the grocery store); to feel supported by members of their communities as they work together to make a difference for children and families. You are the answer to that need. Visit us online: http://www.matthewschild.com/
Families Reaching Out Group was established in 2009 as a support group to help foster families. It has been a wild ride since that time. In 2011 we became a 501 (c) (3) and opened up Froggy'sCloset which provides clothing, diapers, books, toys, strollers, high chairs, cribs and more for foster children, children at risk and children in need with an appropriate referral. In 2017 we filled over 11000 requests.
Families Reaching Out Group has a monthly support group for foster families. We give out $150.00 to one child each month for an extracurricular activity.
Each month we do a drive for a specific item. Example: February was Footwear Month - we have collected 649 New Pairs of Shoes. Froggy's Closet wants the children to be proud of what they are wearing- so we are very particular about what we accept. The clothing is new or very gently used. We only give out NEW socks and underwear.
Our latest project is "THE LILY PAD". It is a large room above Froggy's Closet that we have put in a kitchen, living area and conference table. We are going to offer the space for birthday parties for foster children. We will also have a Christmas party, support meetings and fundraisers in the space.
The Regratfying Foundation inspires foster care youth to identify their personal potential that will allow them to thrive now and after foster care. The Regratifying Foundation's signature program, NOW (Navigate, Opportunity, Worth), is designed to encourage foster care youth to continue their education, learn about and consider professional careers and set future personal and career goals before they age out or emancipate from foster care. Visit www.regratifyingfoundation.org