Lutheran Family Service of Virginia is always looking for great foster parents – but if you’re not ready to become a foster parent, there are plenty of other ways you can support foster children and their families.

Here are 5 things you can do:

  1. Donate! By designating “Foster and adoptive families” on your donation, your contribution can provide family-enriching activities for foster families, training for youth foster to learn independent living skills, extracurricular activities for foster youth, summer camp trips and much more.
  2. Put together a “first night kit” for a child who is new to foster care.  The kits can include stuffed animals, books, a toothbrush, comb or brush and other things that would be comforting.
  3. Tutor a child.  For every placement a child experiences, he falls behind about 4 to 6 months in school. Many agencies use volunteer tutors to help children who frequently fall behind because they must switch schools and homes.
  4. Collect school supplies, toys and/or suitcases for local foster care agencies.
  5. Volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. CASA is a national association that supports and promotes advocates for abused or neglected children to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.  You do not have to be an attorney or social worker to volunteer.

To find the nearest Virginia licensed child-placing agency near you, view the Directory of Licensed Child-Placing Agencies. Then, contact your nearest agency to learn more about their specific volunteer opportunities and needs.

For more information on foster care and adoption in the Richmond or Tidewater area, contact Mandy Tennity, Foster Care Engagement Specialist, or by phone at 804-716-6511.