How Can You Help
The Foster Children of Louisiana?
As we enter the new year, we reflect on how challenging the last two years have been and the impact COVID-19 has made on many of us. The pandemic has been especially challenging to the foster youth population. Often, youth in foster care lack someone they trust and use their schools as an outlet to escape the realities of their worlds. Consequently, COVID-19 played a role in taking away a safe and supportive space that many of these youth need. Since the beginning of COVID, foster youth and other students have had inconsistencies with in-person school attendance. Additionally, it has been increasingly difficult to access resources, such as technology, that may be needed when school close, corresponding to the rise and fall of COVID outbreaks. As we start the new year, we hope to better equip our foster parents and youth with the resources they need to succeed at home and in the classroom.
We often find ourselves setting up new year’s resolutions for ourselves that mainly focus on bettering our physical health. This year let’s also focus on ways to help others. Although we just came out of a “giving season,” it doesn’t mean the foster care population doesn’t have needs anymore. From bedding to meals, these families always need a little help. Some practical ways you can help are finding a foster family close to you and bringing them a meal once a week. Another idea is reaching out to an organization that is local to you and offering to support them. Below is a link to a map where you can click your location and find an organization that is already doing fantastic work where you live. Reach out to them. See if you can help in any way. Make this year not only about bettering yourself but also helping your community. As always, we are here to help you in any way and wish you an excellent 2022.