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February 2017 Entry

Grayson County Child Welfare Board

G Ritchie
Denison · Texas
Overview
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

Children removed from their home or environment are in shock and scared. We provide clothing, personal care items, toys /books for children entering foster care. these items bring comfort at a time of crisis. We've had children cry because they got their own toothbrush. We require parents to have additional drug testing before the child is returned to the home to ensure a safe and healthy environment. These are just a few ways.

How will you use the $10k?

The funding will be used numerous ways including:
*blue duffles bags so they aren't carrying their few precious belongings in a trash bag. Given when they enter foster care.
*seasonal clothing for children in foster care
*personal care items (kits provided when removed from home and placed in foster care) i.e. Diapers, bottles, pacifiers, diaper rash cream, baby wash, baby shampoo, lice shampoo, baby wipes, baby lotion shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, tooth brushes, hair brush/combs, deodrant, etc
*if Christmas, Christmas gifts. If summer, enrichment camps
* pack n play to parents with infants sleeping in bed with other children or parents.

What impact do you hope to make?

words cannot adequately describe what a child In foster care has experienced or is feeling. They love their parents even though they have hurt, abused or neglected them. Our role as a charity board is to provide the basic physical needs and self worth experiences for the children in foster care in Grayson County when they are removed from the home (and pray we have the foster parents to support them emotional). we have also supported children that have aged out of the system at 18. In addt to the things I've listened above, we've pd for drivers Ed, senior rings, band equipment rental, for extracurricular activities , etc.
we also proved birthday gifts and cards to celebrate their special day. Incredible how many never had a present.

Other Details

We would order the supplies I've listen above. Each child would have a blue bag for their belonging and each child would feel loved and special to have their own things they will experience love and know they will be taken care of in their new foster home. some of the financial fostering burden will be taken off the foster parents. If funds were used for extracurricular activities , senior high activities, Christmas or birthdays, we hope the child will understand someone values their life and they feel normal compared to their classmates or friends.

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