OTHER WAYS TO HELP
If you can’t be a foster parent there are many other ways you may help Sonoma County foster children and foster families. Some ideas are:
Do you know someone who would be a good foster parent? Suggest that they consider foster parenting. Call Foster Home Developer for information at 565-4274.
- Provide respite care (babysitting) to foster children to give foster parents a break. Call Foster Home Developer for information at 565-4274.
- Be a mentor and advocate for a foster child by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Call 565-6375 or visit www.sonomacasa.org
- Invite our Foster Home Developer to come present to your service group, congregation, or business about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Call 565-4274
- Volunteer at Tamayo House (on Yulupa Ave. in Santa Rosa). Tamayo House provides housing for former foster youth ages 18-25. Contact Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) 544-3299 ext. 206 for more information.
- Volunteer at Valley of the Moon Children’s Center in east Santa Rosa. Call at 565-6350 for information.
- If you have a business, display foster parent recruitment pamphlets, or offer a discount, or free goods or services to foster families. Call Foster Home Developer for information at 565-4274.
- If you are a medical, dental, or mental health professional, consider accepting Medi-Cal for foster children. (Helping even one child is worthwhile!)
- Donate travel-sized personal hygiene products to homeless former foster youth. Professional clothing is also needed for foster youth to wear for employment interviews. Call V.O.I.C.E.S. at 579-4327 or go to www.onthemovebayarea.org/node/303
- Donate gift cards or gently used luggage to foster children. Call Valley of the Moon Children’s Center at 565-6350.
- Donate money to Valley of the Moon Children’s Foundation. Funds are used to benefit the children in foster care in Sonoma County through educational scholarships, dental care services, transitional youth services etc. . Call 565-8380.
- Donate to help a foster youth with educational and recreational needs (e.g., sports uniforms, prom expenses, karate classes, summer camps, music lessons, etc.). Call the Redwood Empire Foster Parents’ Association http://www.refpa.org
- Rent a room to a foster youth transitioning to independent adult living. Rent is paid by the Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) and guidance is provided. Call TLC Child & Family Services at 528-4274
- If you suspect a Sonoma County child is being physically or emotionally abused, sexually molested or abused, or neglected, call Child Protective Services at (707) 565-4304 or (800) 870-7064.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING FOSTER CHILDREN AND FOSTER FAMILIES!