December 5th, 2006

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.

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  • 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?

5 Responses to “Free stuff and financial help for you and your child!”

  1. Peanut says:

    Our children’s medicaid paid for their dues in Brownies & Girl Scouts as well as some activities at the local YMCA.
    If your child qualifies for Medicaid and there is a WIC (women, infant& children) program in your area you might also be qualified for that! WIC supplies you with monthly checks for formula, milk, cereal, eggs, cheese, juice, peanut butter and evaoprated milk for infants through age 5 years.
    I have also found it does not hurt to inquire with Church organizations about cash grants this time of year. We are Lutheran & their THRIVANT organization has branches at each local church. Each group is alloted monies to help with fund raisers and charitable causes each year & they must use those funds by the end of the fiscal year. I have known our local groups to sometimes have funds they did not assign and found they were looking for someone to give the funds to. We recieved money(About $2,500) to help with our third child’s adoption in this way. You do NOT need to be Lutheran to apply for a grant or finacial gift.

  2. Peanut says:

    I forgot to mention we are not even foster parents but our kids qualifed for these things!

  3. Peanut. Great suggestions! I’ve never heard of Medicaid paying for Girl Scouts! How did you pull that off? Wic is a great program as well.

    Thanks for the input.

  4. Peanut says:

    Well I should have elaborated that it was our specific health insurance carrier under the medicaid plan. There are many companies who provide covergage in our state under medicaid so it may vary for others but hey does not hurt to check.

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