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Just One More Gift: 15 Ways To Help Foster Kids This Holiday Season

December 17, 2016
in Kids

My daughter handed me two candy canes tied together with a shoelace. In her other had, she held a fistful of the money she's saved--$19. "I want to give this to orphans and to kids who don't have enough to eat or drink and no candy," she said. Grace is 5, she is adopted, and she is well aware that family extends beyond the people who brought you into this world. After a messy bout of gushing and tearing up at her big-heartedness, I got to work to look for organizations that can help foster kids and those in group homes. If anyone needs help from strangers, it's these kids--in 2015, there were some 671,000 kids in foster care. Some of them were reunited with their families. Only 53,000 were adopted. That leaves a lot of kids who need so many things. Foster parents get paid a nominal fee by the state or county to cover expenses of caring for an extra child, but extras are not covered -- sports and school fees, prom dresses, books, birthday presents and entertainment, and even some basic necessities, like luggage to haul belongings from home to home. And of course, holiday gifts. When you look at the lists, they're heartbreaking. Agencies understand that foster kids need and want toys and gadgets, just like any other children, but they also need socks, backpacks, shampoo, wallets ... the list goes on. Things that make them feel like a normal...

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