Did you know as a foster parent (even a foster adopt parent) your child qualifies for many give away programs?
You as a family, may not need to take advantage of these programs, but if you are having a tough time making it through the Christmas season, or need some extra help financially, ask questions, probe around, and take advantage!
It’ll only help you and your children:
Most of us have been through rigorous questioning to make sure we are financially stable and can support the children in our home – but we all hit a rough patch sometimes. Make sure your children get their needs met by finding local programs in your area.
- Our local children clothing consignment store offers a 10% discount to all foster parents. YEA! Thank you Tantrums.
- CASA will sometimes pay for extra curricular activities for kids – self defense, boy scouts – swimming lessons I’ve all gotten paid for by applying to CASA.
- Medicaid will pay for PULL UPS for your foster or adopted child over three years old. You have to get a prescription from your doctor, and of course your child must have a Medicaid card.
The national grocery stores usually won’t take the prescription because they have to hand bill the invoices to Medicaid – the computers can’t handle the paperwork so find a specialty pharmacy in your area and ask them if they’ll bill it. With past foster children I’ve been able to stock up on several packs at once so I didn’t have to run back to the pharmacy each week.
- Your children will qualify for Christmas give away programs in your area. Often local churches or specialized seasonal programs will do toy drives for children in need – foster children and sometimes adoptive foster children qualify.
- All foster and fost adopt children qualify for Head Start. If you get your child enrolled in the program before adoption, they should be able to continue in class.
- Your local food bank will help you feed your children – through the Holidays and all year. You don’t have to qualify as a family – the child already qualifies because they are in foster care.
Any more ideas out there?