2019 Holiday Party
4:30pm to 7:30pm
Thank you to this army of volunteers (and many, many more behind the scenes) that made the 2018 Foster Children’s Holiday Party a HUGE success. They say “it takes a village to raise a child," if that’s true, our Jefferson County Foster Children are the luckiest kids on earth because they have the support of the whole county and beyond.
2019 HOLIDAY PARTY
Hello Volunteers and Supporters!
It is hard to believe, but it is already time to start planning our annual holiday party!
There are several changes this year that I want to make everyone aware of.
New This Year
For the safety of the children, it's necessary that an approved Family Care Safety Registry (background check) be required for all volunteers that will be working at any of our events, including this year's Holiday Party. If you have previously registered, you can obtain a free copy of your background check from the Family Care Safety Registry website. If you are unsure, you can check the website to see if you are registered. IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED, you will need to do so by 11/22/19. There is a one time registration fee of $15 that will be the responsibility of the volunteer. Once you are registered, you can request a copy (printed or digital) to send it to Board Member Stacy Emerson.
We keep the location of the party confidential so as to protect our children who are in foster care. We will send details for the party out as the date gets closer and we have confirmed our volunteer list. We CAN say that the party will be held in Hillsboro this year.
To sign up to volunteer at the party, please complete this form. The different areas and number of volunteers needed for each area is listed. There are also specific time slots available, so if you are not able to attend the entire party you can still volunteer for a time that does work for you. EVERY person age 18 and over that is wishing to volunteer, will need to put their name and contact information on the list (for example, if you are attending with your sister, both names will need to be on the sign up sheet). This form is subject to change. We will do our best to keep everyone in the area they selected, but there may be changes made at the last minute to ensure all areas are covered. We appreciate everyone's cooperation with the this. If there are specific needs, please let us know (physical limitations, etc.). If you have any questions about this form, we are happy to help out. Please be aware that some of the activities have changed. If you need clarification for any of them, please don't hesitate to ask. We are hoping to have more volunteers to help stay after the party for clean up this year. If you are available to stay afterwards, please sign up for clean up crew. If you can only come to help clean up, that's okay too!
**PLEASE NOTE: If the fee for the background check is a barrier to volunteering, please message us. If you currently work with children (teacher, nurse, case manager, church nursery, etc.) or car for adults, you are probably already on the registry, so getting a printout is FREE.
Again, thank you all for everything you do for our kiddos! We appreciate your understanding and are excited about another fantastic and fun Holiday Party!
Missouri currently has thousands of children in foster care. At any given time, Jefferson County has between 650-800 of those children in our care, many of which are waiting for forever homes through the adoption process.
Our foster children need our support and love by far, but they often need additional assistance such as medical supplies or machines that their insurance won't cover, psychological services, as well as educational tools and services, and much more. Many of these children have to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs, have to change schools, lose their pets, toys, and friends in the process. They are often separated from their siblings, because there are just not enough foster homes for them to go to in our county. It's devastating to their lives and they often find it difficult to process. And no matter what you see on television or what other people tell you, foster parents do not 'make' money by being a foster parent. The State offers minor supplemental support for these selfless individuals who usually also have their own children to care for, as well. That's where we, as a community, come in to help, offer our support, our patience, our guidance, and our love.
Please consider becoming a foster parent. If that's not something you can do at this time, how about becoming a respite provider? Many of our foster parents have gone through many struggles with their own or their foster children, sometimes they want a date night and can't find a babysitter, sometimes they need to leave town to tend to a family emergency, and sometimes they, just like any parent, need a break. Offering them a respite night or weekend helps them tremendously. There are many ways that you can help. Check out our Foster Parents page to read more or send us an email to see how you can help with this nationwide need. We'd be more than happy to talk with you about the various options in which you could help or offer your support.