Family and Children’s Services asks for help with foster parent recruitment, donations and understanding in 2017 Annual Report to the Community
To mark its 123rd Anniversary, Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is asking the community for help with three important things in its latest annual report. The Children’s Aid Society’s 2017 Annual Report to the Community
is calling for support for foster parent recruitment, donations for its charitable programs and more understanding of the work it does, the families it serves and the partners it works with.
“We’ve been serving this community for 123 years, and after all that time we keep getting the same question – how can I help? This year, we’ve made it easy to remember. Helping us protect children and support families in need is as easy as 1-2-3,” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services. “There are three things you can do right now to help us.”
The Agency is again critically short on foster parents, especially for teens and kids with special needs. The best place for kids to grow up is in a family setting. But currently, the Agency has a significant number of kids in group homes, many of them outside the community, because it doesn’t have foster homes for them. The process to become a foster parent is challenging and takes time. Woodman says the Agency needs the community’s help finding the right people and getting them to apply.
“You may not want to be a foster parent, but chances are you know someone who could. We urgently need help finding those people,” he said.
Family and Children’s Services also needs support for its charitable programs that provide critical assistance to fill in the gaps between government funding, including post-secondary bursaries for kids in foster care, summer camp opportunities and the upcoming Tree of Hope Holiday appeal which last year helped nearly 900 kids with toys, food, clothing and more.
“We’re asking your family to help one of the families we serve by making a donation,” Woodman said.
The Agency is also calling for more understanding for the work it does, including knowing when to call when someone sees a family struggling to take care of their kids.
“People need to know when to call us, but also why we get involved with families and how we need the entire community to help,” Woodman said. “The answer to stopping child abuse and neglect is community action.”
The 2017 Annual Report to the Community also contains financial and service numbers and a recap of the Agency’s achievements in the past year. It also reports a continuing decline in the number of kids in care thanks to its renewed focus on prevention.