Our programs reflects our mission: To focus on the children we serve with targeted educational and enrichment opportunities that allow each child to fulfill his or her potential.
Provides individualized one-on-one tutoring and mentoring services to the children we serve. Our children are set back educationally every time they experience a placement change or other traumatic event. Most of them are never at one school long enough to adjust to their new surroundings and learn the basic academics and social skills necessary to be a successful student.
Highly trained, professional academic mentors, work one-on-one with our children for up to three hours per week. Students are pre and post-tested to track their progress and accurately assess specific needs. The Academic Mentor provides much needed stability by staying with the child wherever they are placed, from home=to-home or school-to-school. The majority of children are tutored in their classroom at school which allows the tutor to have good communication with the child’s teacher and use the same curriculum as taught in the classroom. Do you know a foster child who could benefit from Academic Mentoring? Apply Here
After School Activities
Offers opportunities, activities and equipment to the children we serve to help them discover hidden talents and passions. It allows foster children to take part in a wide range of after school clubs and lessons such as karate classes, dance lessons, boxing, gymnastics, sports teams, and band and music lessons. In fact all the opportunities that you would wish for a “normal” child. Do you know a foster child who could benefit from enrichment activities after school? Apply Here
The long summer months can be very difficult if a child is confined in less than desirable circumstances. Now, the summer can offer a window of opportunity for these children as they can attend an 8-week summer day camp where they can explore individual skills and talents. Where possible, FFCF matches children with their skills and passions. One young teen with a love of computers and design attended an intensive digital design class, a young girl with a passion for dance attended classes all summer long and her face just glowed with pride during her concluding performance. Do you know a foster child who could benefit from 8 weeks of enrichment over the long summer months? Apply Here
Emergency Backpack Bundles
Emergency Backpack Bundles is a new program launched in 2014. The Backpack Bundles are used to provide 3 to 4 days of emergency personal supplies to foster children when they are removed in times of crisis. Many times, due to issues of abuse and neglect, children are removed, suddenly from their homes and they take nothing with them – just the clothes they are wearing. The Backpacks include: a blanket, small pillow, PJ’s, underwear, an outfit for school, toothbrush, toiletries, a book, cuddly toy and basic school supplies all bundled in a new backpack.
Celebrating Birthdays & Holidays
Imagine being six years old and having a birthday that is just like any other day: no cards, no cake, no presents, no special treat, no outing just for you. This too often is how a foster child experiences their birthday. On average, a foster child experiences three moves and 2.5 birthdays during the course of their stay in the foster care system. With such constant upheaval, it isn’t surprising that a child’s birthday often gets lost in the shuffle. The Birthday Club ensures that each child receives a special card including a $25 gift card, so they know that someone is thinking of them on their birthday. Sponsor a child on their birthday – Join the Birthday Club!
Emergency Supplies for Caregivers
Many times when children are removed from their home they are moved to the homes of a relative or non-relative caregiver. More often than not, these families are already struggling to make ends meet and rarely have money to absorb the additional costs. There is no federal or state funding to help these families taking in the children in times of crisis. FFCF now collects and distributes donated goods such as formula, diapers, wipes and helps with mattresses, bedding and safety equipment for young children.
Back to School Fair
In 2014, FFCF launched the Annual Back to School Fair at the Golden Gate Community Center. This has become a community-wide collaboration ensuring all foster children in our community are fully equipped and ready to start their first day of school. In 2015, 350 foster children and their siblings were fitted out with new school uniforms, new shoes, prescription glasses, books, haircuts, backpacks, loaded with all schools supplies and signed up for tutoring and afterschool activities.
Thank You to our Program Partners
On an annual basis, our Program Partners review FFCF grant requests and consider ongoing funding to support specific programs.