Jefferson County Foster Children's Fund

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Foster Parent Appreciation Picnic

June 14.  Please contact your case manager or send your message to us via our 'Contact Us' page if you need more information.

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Thank you to this army of volunteers (and many, many more behind the scenes) that made the 2017 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.


This year's Foster Parent Appreciation Picnic will be June 14 from 5pm to 7:30pm.  Of course, we're not able to disclose the location, as we've never done, but please reach out to your case manager or to us on our 'Contact Us' page if you're a Jefferson County foster parent or have kinship placement of a Jefferson County child in care for location information and let us know if you'd like to come.  This is open to foster children and children placed in kinship placement in Jefferson County, as well as, the other children in the same home. We're so proud of all the foster parents of Jefferson County.  You work so hard and countless hours of parenting children that are not your own, and help them through what is often crisis after crisis; we want to show YOU our appreciation!! 

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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.