Help Kids in Foster Care
Every child deserves a safe and loving home, and foster care provides a temporary home for a child who has experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment and desperately needs the care of a loving family. DePelchin partners with couples and individuals through its foster care program who can provide temporary care for children until they can return safely.
Not everyone can be a foster parent, but everyone can do their part to help a child. Here are some other ways you can support children in foster care.
Become a Respite Care Provider
Foster families deserve a night out or weekend away. Support our foster families by becoming an approved babysitter, respite provider or substitute caregiver.
We always need NEW items such as clothing, gift cards, household items and toys to give to kids when they come through our programs. In order to meet their needs, many of our community partners choose to host donation drives for specific items. For a complete list of the items we need most, please refer to our donation wish list.
A $20 donation can give a child a teddy bear when he or she is welcomed into a new family, whether that be a foster home in the middle of the night or a courtroom when a forever family is made official.
We partner with our supporters to provide basic school supplies for our children in order to ensure that they are ready to learn on their first day of school.
Many families are unable to provide the luxury of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for their families. In order to meet this need within our community, we distribute Thanksgiving Baskets. The baskets include items like canned vegetables, boxed stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other similar items.
This annual effort provides gifts and basics needs to the children and families utilizing DePelchin’s services. During the holiday season, you can help make this possible by fulfilling wish lists, hosting toy drives, donating needed items, making monetary contributions, and volunteering to decorate our facilities, sort and pack gifts, organize donations, and wrap gifts for children living in our residential facilities.
Children who have suffered abuse and neglect deserve the very best care, and DePelchin works to provide these children with a safe and loving environment to help them heal. The annual cost to care for each child entering a DePelchin foster home is on average $4,400 more than what is covered by the State of Texas. DePelchin must therefore rely on the community’s support to care for its most vulnerable children and families.