We created the Love Box® program to provide a sense of community and support for fostering families through...
intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.
WHY CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES EXPERIENCING FOSTER CARE NEED YOU
Of foster homes close within the first year
Of aged out youth have been in 3 or more placements
Of youth in foster care graduate from high school
Children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care due to neglect, abandonment, or because they are the victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. When children are removed from the home they are confused and upset and they need the temporary protection and nurturing that a foster family can provide.
The Love Box program provides fostering families (caregivers, children in foster care, and biological/adopted children) with community and holistic support. This wrap-around support enables caregivers to continue to do the important and meaningful work of being foster parents. As a Love Box group, you will be matched with a local foster family based on location, compatibility, and scope of needs. When our families are matched with committed volunteers who show up monthly, parents feel supported and children gain a greater sense of normalcy, relational permanency, and self confidence.
Volunteers seek to build relationships with their family by spending quality time with the whole family: playing games, sharing a meal, and being intentional. They can also create and deliver personal care packages based on current practical needs. We tell our volunteers to think of themselves as the fun “auntie” and “uncle” who visits once a month to bring love, encouragement, and hope. This program requires a one year commitment, but the connections and impact last a lifetime.
Watch this powerful video to learn more about how the Love Box program is changing the way children experience care through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.
WHAT LOVE BOX SUPPORT LOOKS LIKE:
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RELATIONSHIP QUALITY BETWEEN VOLUNTEERS, CAREGIVERS, AND YOUTH
of Love Box volunteers indicated that their matched family/youth had made a positive impact on their own lives
of caregivers felt their volunteer had made a positive impact on their family
of Love Box volunteers indicated feeling that they had made a positive impact on their matched family/youth
We serve children, youth, and families as well as recruit volunteers from all backgrounds within our local community, regardless of religion, marital status, ethnicity, age, financial status, gender identity, or sexual orientation because:
We believe everyone deserves and can benefit from deep, meaningful relationships. We believe in being bridge builders, connecting over a shared passion of improving the foster care system through a community-based approach. We believe that every child, youth, and family experiencing foster care deserves to be fully seen, heard, and supported by healthy, affirming, and lasting relationships. We believe that every single one of us has a role to play in changing the way children, youth, and families experience foster care, and that it will take a diverse community with varying backgrounds, experiences, and identities to do this. We believe in elevating the voices of those who are experiencing foster care and using their lived experiences to guide what it means to provide intentional support.