Foster Source Emergency Relief Services
Abuse and neglect don’t stop during societal times of stress – which can bring on more abuse and trauma when families are experiencing emotional and economic strain. Our services are needed now more than ever. We are making every effort to ensure that Colorado’s foster children and their caregivers are supported with essential services like food, diapers, formula, educational materials and mental health services for our over 3000 foster parents and children currently participating in our programming. We are committed to doing this in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of our community while continuing to offer the same level of care to Foster Source children and their families.
Our services have doubled during COVID-19 as we work to ensure that foster families are able to continue to care for children from trauma.
1. Family-sized Freezer Meals for Foster Families: We continue to provide meals and groceries to supplement the food foster children would typically have access to for the remainder of the 2020 school year to normalize and unburden foster families at this time. As COVID-19 continues to evolve, we have noticed a significant drop in our regular support systems who provide 80% of food and donated services and support. Our volunteers are helping as much as possible, but many are unable to provide support as they too have been personally impacted by the threat of the COVID-19 virus and as a response to social distancing requirements throughout Colorado.
2. Virtual Training and Support: Foster families are stepping up to the new challenges and working harder than ever to meet the added
demands of caring for children who are suffering from emotional stress and pre-placement trauma. Resources, education, skill-building and communication through The Learning Source (our virtual classroom) are critically important to help provide stable homes for children in foster care.
3. Mental Health/Therapy Sponsorship: Our services subsidize regular mental/physical health sessions via Tele-Health for children in care, other children in the foster family, as well as the foster parents themselves. Our sponsorship of virtual therapy for foster parents has prevented placements from being disrupted.