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FOSTER CARE AWARENESS

The Ins and Outs of Foster Care

Helping Our Youth
Forge Their Own Path

Are you Aware?

In 2014, more than 31 500 individual cases of maltreatment were investigated. Of these, more than 70% were confirmed as potential future risks or current facts with children under the age of 18*. In 2019, more than 5.79 per 1 000 children were part of the foster care system**, and in May 2020, Wikipedia has shown a 7.8 per 1000 ratio for children in foster care in Quebec***.

How can you help?

Whether you can donate your time, a kit filled with much needed items or funds to help support these families, every little bit helps. Follow our donate button today to see what our foster families need.

Helping You Achieve Success

Support and Resources are available for you or someone you know.

With the current staggering statistics, trying to find support can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. Being a victim, even as a child, doesn’t end because you are an adult. There are groups out there that can help you regain your freedom, either through medical, legal or financial aid

A VICIOUS CYCLE OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

for kids who have been in the care of government

%

will abuse their kids

%

will drop out of high school

%

of homeless youth have been in care

%

more likely to attempt suicide

%

are unemployed

%

more likely to experience teen pregnancy

Become the volunteer that makes a difference.

If you are looking for simple volunteering opportunities and a way to help others, or you have wondered how to start volunteering your time but didn’t know how; then F.A.C.E.S. may be perfect for you.

Job Search

Finding a job can be daunting – but knowing where you want to go can make a huge difference. New jobs are added daily to various sites, you simply need to find them.

Clothing and Food

Finding yourself with a very tight budget? There are options to help you find clothing and food for a low price, or even free.

Medical Supplies

We are often faced with different challenges in our lives and we sometimes need medical support to help you overcome your addiction or for a garanteed medical follow up.

Shelter

Finding an apartment, especially on a very low budget, can be difficult. There are housing services available to help youths get off the streets and to improve their living conditions.

Want to make a difference? Participate in something exciting.

F.A.C.E.S. is hosting an awareness campaign during the month of May to bring our communities together in solidarity to the reality of foster care today. Want to know more about our events? Click on them to get an overview and find out how you can participate!

📰 Support Foster Care Picturegram

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The FACES Foster Care Awareness Campaign Picturegram Album!
Are you ready to tag your friends and support a great campaign?

Here are the rules:
~ Print out or screen shot our Picturegram logo
~Take a picture with our Picturegram logo
~ Post your picture on your favorite social media outlet – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok!
~ Tag our FACES picturegram hashtag so we can find you: #ISUPPORTFOSTERCAREWITHFACES
~ Challenge your friends and family to do the same!
It’s that easy!

What will the Picturegram do?
Let’s spread awareness today. A little gesture today can make a huge impact tomorrow!

🕺 Dance Challenge

The Dance Challenge!

Are you ready to challenge your friends and see who is the better dancer?

What’s the dance?

It’s the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Carlton Dance!!!

Here are the rules:
~ Show off your dance skills
~ Post your dance on your favorite social media outlet – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok!
~ Tag our FACES dance challenge hashtag so we can find you: #FACESDANCECHALLENGE
~ Challenge your friends and family to do better!
It’s that easy!

What will the Dance Challenge do?
In these uncertain times, let’s bring some fun, joy and happiness to our lives.

Let’s spread awareness by bringing communities and countries together and spread the word on the dire situation of foster families and the children. 

☞ Live Panel on Foster Care Issues

Bringing together organizations from around the world that are working to help vulnerable children, as a reminder that we are not alone facing this challenge.

We aim to provide a space for organizations from all cultures, races, religions, countries and sizes, to share their experience, their failures and their successes in a global event, so we can all learn from each other and come up with better ways to help children.

Discussion topics:
– What are the biggest challenges that foster care children face in their country and the world?
– What are the biggest challenges that, organizations that help foster care children face in their country and the world?
– What actions could be taken by the participants of this panel, to achieve measurable
improvement in the lives of foster care children?
– How can the organizations in this panel cooperate to improve the lives of vulnerable
children?
– And so much more…

The panelists:
Francisco Covarrubias, Fundación San Carlos de Maipo, Chile
Mick Pease, SFAC, UK
Mattie Koory, Fondation Amane, Morocco
Joseph Luganda, CALM Africa, Uganda

Time and Date:
May 14th, 2021, 8am EST – 8pm JPN

Open to all who register. 
Please use the form at the bottom of this page to register.

Campaign Information

F.A.C.E.S. supports foster care by bringing awareness through their own personal experiences, their mission and by bringing to the forefront the staggering statistics.

Our goal is to help those families that are opening their homes and hearts to help our children. With your support, we can help them make an impact.

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What if a public awareness campaign changed the foster care narrative from hopeless to hopeful, and from worthless to worth it?

All parents start out wanting their children to grow up in a world that respects their past, honors their life journey, and believes in their future. Children deserve to be valued in their communities. Our society needs to learn how to embrace children who were previously or presently marginalized.

The initiative is a foster care awareness campaign aiming to start a conversation, that kids in care, at the minimum, deserve to be treated with kindness. Ultimately, we hope the campaign speaks so directly to people that they will either consider growing their own family through adoption or be more supportive of foster care issues.

Numerous surveys show that the public still questions the wellbeing of at least one group of children – those who call the foster care system home. The perception is that these children are broken, unlovable and unadoptable. Campaigns like the FACES Foster Care Awareness month seeks to educate and challenge the stigmas and stereotypes of Foster Care and LGBTQ youth, replacing those damaging narratives with stories that speak instead to their sense of self, purpose and belonging

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”

“If kids don’t know possibilities, they can’t dream” – Justice Sonia Sotomayer

What problem is this project trying to address?

The family is where we learn to dream, embrace possibilities, and plan our future. If we agree that children’s wellbeing starts in the family, then it is vital for children in the foster care system to find a place to call home. However, the reality is that there are more waiting children than available families. We believe this is the sad result of a damaging narrative of foster kids as broken, unlovable, and unadoptable. The FACES awareness campaign seeks to elevate the foster care narrative from hopeless to hopeful, and from worthless to worth it. Their wellbeing becomes our wellbeing – a positive feedback loop of belonging.

Public awareness campaigns are an effective tool for social change.

We will be running events throughout the month of May and we would love for our followers, volunteers, sponsors, the general public and our government to join our efforts. FACES is offering events that will engage individuals on social media and from our web site while bringing visibility to the cause. Please donate to help families with the basic items that so many foster kids go without. Purchases of the Comfort Kits found on the FACES website will go to foster families that desperately need them. You can also choose to make a monetary donation.

Stay tuned to our next newsletter for more details on our events, the foster care campaign, important links on how you can help and gain more information on the realities that foster care children face on a daily basis.

Awareness, awareness, awareness.
If people are aware, they are inspired.
When they are inspired, they engage.
When they engage, they are enabled.
When they are enabled, they act.
When they act, children in care find a loving family.
Aware. Inspired. Engaged. Enabled. Action.

ONLINE RESOURCES

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Resources for Foster Parents

Here are a few questions being answered:
Who are foster parents?
How do I become a foster parent?
How do you parent children in foster care?
What financial support is available for foster parents?

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Resources for Relative and Caregivers

Here are a few questions being answered:
What are the policies in the main provinces?
What are the impacts of relative and kinship caregivers?
What resources are available to caregivers?
How does kinship service work?

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Resources for family reunifaction

Here are a few questions being answered:
What is in the evaluation program?
What resources are available to parents?
What support are available to parents?

Every penny and item counts. Your donation will make a difference in a foster family’s life.

In 2016, more than 83 000 children were not living with their parents. Whether they were with their grandparents, other relatives or in foster homes*, they were considered as part of the system. Many times, these children are left with very little and don’t know where to turn for help. Maltreatment is often the main reason of being taken out of their parents’ home. While the main goal is family reunification, sometimes, it is not feasible.

That’s why your support can make a difference. Whether donating gently used items to one of the F.A.C.E.S. approved drop zones, purchasing items from the F.A.C.E.S. store (such as back to school items or a foster care ‘survival’ kit) or donating much needed funds that will be given to a foster care family in need, every little bit helps.

Don't Wait Any Longer

Whether you volunteer, sponsor a child
or make a donation – you can make a difference.

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