Foster Care Support Foundation
End of Year 2018
Newsletter
 
      
 
 
 
To avoid processing fees and make 100% of your donation count, use your local bank's bill pay service or mail your check to:
Foster Care Support
3334 Trails End Rd NE
Roswell, GA 30075
Tax ID: 58-2540031
 
 
 
INDEX
 
 
A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER
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THE YEAR IN REVIEW
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 3 WAYS TO GIVE
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ADOPT A FAMILY
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VIRTUAL GALA
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FALL/WINTER DISTRIBUTION
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LOOKING AHEAD TO 2019
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HOPE 4 TOMORROW MENTORING
FOSTERING HOPE BARGAIN RESALE SHOP
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THANK YOU!
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OUR SPONSORS
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JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
 
 
 
Our 2018
Board of Directors
 
 
 
Steve Baumgartner -
Director

Dr. Keith Blair -
Director

Lee Chadwick -
Director

Lynn Dunn -
Director

Mark Ewald -
Pres./Co-Founder

Rachel Ewald -
CEO/Founder

Caroline Grounds -
Secretary

David Guess -
Director

Roxie Hernandez -
Director

Jeff Jennings -
​​​​​​​Director

Jon Lipsky -
Director

Karen Mueller -
Treasurer

Richard Wolownik -
Director

Katherine Mulkey -
Advisory Board
 
 
 
 
Help Foster Children With Your Everyday Grocery Shopping
 

If you use a Kroger Plus Card, link it to Foster Care Support (Community Rewards Program #11728) so that we receive a donation every time you shop. If you already have your card linked to us, it may be time to re-enroll.

You can help foster children every time you shop on Amazon. Please sign up for the Amazon Smiles program at smile.amazon.com and choose Foster Care Support Foundation as your charity. This costs you nothing and it is the same prices and merchandise as the regular amazon.com but FCSF will receive a donation every time you make a purchase. Please make sure you log on to smile.amazon.com each time you make a purchase.
 
 
 
 
  • Winter clothing for boys, all sizes up through adult men's
  • Winter clothing for girls, youth size 12, 14, 16
  • Children's heavy winter coats, all sizes
  • New socks for shoe size child 10 through teens
  • New underwear size 2/3t through teens
 
 
 
 
 WE NEED BOXES & Bubble Wrap!
Foster Care Support needs boxes of all sizes. Please drop off at the donation center.
 
 
 
 
For more information and to register for an orientation session, please visit fostercares.org/mentoring. If you know a foster or displaced child age 10 and up in the Metro Atlanta area who may benefit from having an adult mentor, please email mentor@fostercares.org or call 770-317-3749.
 
 
 
 
 
Did you have a great experience at Foster Care Support Foundation as a volunteer, foster parent, relative caregiver, or sponsor? We'd love your feedback! Help others in our community learn about Foster Care Support, resources available to children in need, and the many opportunities to get involved!
 
 
 
From Our Founder
    During this holiday season of gift giving and receiving, at Foster Care Support Foundation it's "business as usual" as we give basic care items to children who have lost everything, hoping that it will alleviate some of the trauma of losing everything they call their own.
    While many children dream this holiday season about what they will find under the tree, many of the children we serve have been going without their most basic needs such as clothing, socks, coats, and new underwear. It's amazing that a gift as little as $10 makes it possible to have new underwear, a warm coat or socks to be treasured by a child in need. These little ones have lost parents and as a child, that is the most traumatic situation they can endure.
    For the past few years, growing numbers of grandparents find themselves responsible for raising their grandchildren in lieu of losing them to foster care. This is often due to neglect, the opioid epidemic, and the violence of abuse. Most of these relative care families receive $0 of support for the child they took in and it can financially destroy them. In 2018, 75% of our children have been grandchildren living with grandparents who are trying to keep their families intact and out of foster care. We call them our foster-grands and due to the opioid epidemic, their numbers have grown from the tens to hundreds of thousands. 
    Our children are our future and their experiences while young will shape them for the future, a future that we will share, regardless of our own experiences.
    With no government funding, a huge appreciation and "thank you" goes out to all of you, our donors that fund FCSF to make it possible to continue our work and impact more children each year, hardworking staff that leads over 11,000 volunteers, and our generous time giving volunteers who make it possible for Foster Care Support to help process goods to impact the lives of over 4300 of vulnerable children in 2018.
                        It's surely a 'WE' thing!!
    Please remember to share our information with others and like our Foster Care Support Facebook page. With your help, the impact is almost immeasurable.

Have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!  "Smile, Be Happy" and May God Bless,
Rachel M. Ewald
Executive Director/Founder
 
 
 
 
 
The Year in Review
  • Over 59,000 children have been served by Foster Care Support since incorporation in 2000.
  • Foster Care Support will serve approximately 4,200 children by the end of 2018.
  • 75% of children served are being raised by grandparents or other relatives.
  • 1/3 of children served live outside the metro Atlanta area and receive items mailed at Foster Care Support's expense.
  • Over 11,000 volunteers gave 34,000+ hours of time this year to accomplish the mission.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Consider making a donation to Foster Care Support Foundation in honor or memory of someone. Your donation will help provide clothing, toys, and other
basic care goods to children who enter foster care throughout the year with nothing but the clothes on their back. Call 770-310-2919 to request a certificate of donation any time of year.
 
 
 
 
 
1) Give time! Volunteers are needed year-round to sort and process clothing and toys, stock the distribution center, fill orders for children outside metro-Atlanta, and more! Email vol@fostercares.org or call 770-375-0865 to sign up. Volunteer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30-5:00. Individuals and groups of all sizes are welcome.
 
 
 
2) Give funding! Help Foster Care Support continue to keep our doors open, purchase needed items, ship orders to families outside metro-Atlanta, and continue serving over 4,000 children per year.
 
 
 
 
3) Give goods! We accept most items* in great condition but especially need winter clothes for boys of all sizes and teen men's small. Also in short supply are little girls sizes 12, 14, and 16. Drop off hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00-3:00 at the 115 Mansell Place distribution center. Click here for our Amazon.com wish list.
*No used mattresses. Only flat screen tvs in great working condition.
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who donated gifts to children being raised by grandparents and other relative caregivers. These families did not receive gifts from other holiday programs and do not receive a foster parent stipend. With the help of the community, 400 children will receive gifts. If you didn't get a chance to fill a wish list, you can still help by donating toys, clothes, or funding for the year-round distribution program. Children come into care after the holidays with nothing. Our work is never finished.
 
 
 
A BIG "Thank You!" to Mattress Firm Foster Kids and Ticket to Dream Foundation for teaming up with the Atlanta Falcons to help provide gifts for the relative care holiday program.
 
 
 
 
 
Your year end giving makes a difference! Please consider donating through your local bank's bill pay or by check to avoid card processing fees and make 100% of your donation count. If you prefer to give by PayPal, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
Fall / Winter Distribution Season is Underway!
 
 
 
 
Foster and relative care families can request a free clothing appointment or mail order by going to fostercares.org/services. Fall/winter clothing is still available through March.
 
 
 
 
Free clothing, toys, infant equipment, and other basic care goods are for youth (birth through 21) in foster or relative care in all Georgia counties. For more information call 770-280-7831 or email appt@fostercares.org.
 
 
 
 
 
to 2019!
 
 
 
Prom-A-Palooza is coming up in February. This annual event provides free prom attire to high school girls in foster care, relative care, or group homes. We will need 500 volunteers from late January into mid-February to help prepare. Please sign up to help by emailing vol@fostercares.org.
 
 
 
 
Save the date for Friday, March 8, 2019! The Glow Band will perform music from the Eagles at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta.
 
 
 
 
 
Hope 4 Tomorrow is a one-on-one mentoring program designed to help teens in foster or relative care prepare for successful transition to young adulthood. Read what a mentor had to say about the experience:

"I have been a mentor with the Hope 4 Tomorrow program for 17 months, and in that time my mentee has lived in 4 different homes. At one point she was moved a distance of 50 miles from one placement to the next, and after that a distance of about 80 miles. Regardless, we have never stopped having regular face to face meetings. I hope that the constancy of this one thing gave her an anchor when times were rough. She is a resilient young woman who now has a network that includes myself and others in the H4T program. We continue to have face to face activities, including a planned visit to a college campus."
-Janet
 
 
 
 
 

Open to the public & 100% of proceeds go back into Foster Care Support Foundation to fund the program for foster and displaced children.

  • Festive holiday decor
  • All items are 50% to 90% off retail
  • Clothing for the entire family
  • Wedding, flower girl, prom, and formal dresses
  • Furniture, wall and room decor, kitchenware, antiques, artwork, tennis and sports clothing and equipment, cleats, dance shoes, and more!
  • 20% discount on clothing for seniors 60+ on Wednesdays (Excluding Formals and Christening)

Open Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm
608 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Suite 210 (between Tuesday Morning and The Dollar Tree). Please like us on our  Facebook page and share it with others.
 
 
 
 
Below are photos of just a sample of people and organizations from our community who have helped foster children by donating their time, goods, or funding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foster Care Support Foundation partners with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Foster Care Support is not federally or state funded but is a public/private partnership.
 
 
 
 
Our Sponsors
 
 
 
 
Super Star Sponsors
 
 
 
 
Star Sponsors
 
 
 
 

JC Foundation
 
 
 
 
Many Private Donors
 
 
 
Become a sponsor!
Help Georgia's foster
and displaced children
in need.
 
 
 
Grand Sponsors
 
 
 
 
Gold Sponsors
 
 
 
 
WFA Foundation, Inc.
 
 
 
 
Silver Sponsors
 
 
 
 
The Hamill Family Foundation
 
 
 
 
Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Kallman
 
 
 
 
Bronze Sponsors
 
 
 
Roderick S., Flossie R.,
&
Helen M. Galloway Foundation, Inc.
 
 
 
                                Duluth
 
 
 
 
Additional Programs
 
 
 






Annual event to provide free prom dresses and accessories for teens in foster care, relative care, and group homes.
 
 
 
 





Mentoring program to provide guidance and resources for foster pre-teens and teens to help ensure their successful future. 
 
 
 
 




Non-paid partnership with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.
 
 
      
 
 
Donation/Distribution Center: 115 Mansell Place, Roswell, GA 30076
Fostering Hope Bargain Resale Shop: 608 Holcomb Bridge Rd. #210, Roswell, GA 30076
Mailing Address Only: 3334 Trails End Road, NE, Roswell, GA 30075
Main Office Phone770-641-9591  Cell: 770-310-2919
Main Office email: info@fostercares.org
Appointment Phone: 404-729-3374 or 770-280-7831
Appointment Email: appt@fostercares.org
Volunteer Phone: 770-375-0865
Volunteer Email: vol@fostercares.org  
 
 
 
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