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How Can You Get Involved?

Every Child Deserves a Home

In Alameda County there are close to 1,500 children and youth in foster care, in need of the support and security of a family. The Department of Children and Family Services is in need of loving adults to provide permanent homes for children and youth in foster care.

For more information on how you can adopt a child or become a foster parent, call 510-259-3575 or visit www.pathwaytohome.org.

Shirley Eastman Children's Fund

The winter holiday season and summer break from school is an especially difficult time for many of the families that our Agency serves. Financial and other struggles make gift giving, family time, and camps and vacations difficult if not impossible.

The Shirley Eastman Children's Fund is a public philanthropic venture that was established to support holiday giving and summer camp opportunities for youth in foster care in Alameda County. One hundred percent of the donations go to the Shirley Eastman fund. Your donation may be tax-deductible, and directly helps to purchase holiday gifts in the winter and summer camp opportunities in the summer.

Please send your donation to:

Alameda County Social Services Agency
Attention: A033, Shirley Eastman Fund
2000 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, California 94612

Please make checks payable to the County of Alameda - Shirley Eastman Holiday Fund or the County of Alameda - Shirley Eastman Campership Fund. Specific questions regarding the fund can be addressed to Robin Luckett at 510-268-7927.

Warren Turner Trust Fund for Non Minor Dependents

Effective January 1, 2012, California extended foster care to allow young people to remain in care until their 21st birthday as Non Minor Dependents (NMDs). Through Extended Foster Care or AB12, NMDs aged 18 to 21 years old benefit from remaining in care with support focused on preparing them for a healthy transition into adulthood through developing lifelong adult connections, finding employment with a living wage, furthering their education and securing stable housing.

The "Warren Turner Trust Fund for Non Minor Dependents" is a public philanthropic venture that was established to support the healthy adjustment and transition of NMDs into adulthood. Your donation allows the agency to remember our NMDs during the holidays as well as gift them with occasional care packages if they are enrolled in 2 year colleges and 4 year universities. Your donation may be tax-deductible and we welcome your donation made payable to the "Warren Turner Trust Fund" at:

Alameda County Social Services Agency
Attention: A033
2000 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, California 94612

Specific questions regarding the fund can be addressed to Faith M. Battles at (510) 780-8937 or battlfa@acgov.org.

Clothes Closet

Alameda County's Department of Children & Family Services maintains a Clothes Closet with new or gently worn and clean donations for use by our clients. We are in need of clothes, pajamas and coats for boys and girls of all ages and sizes and donations are accepted during business hours to allow staff to store them accordingly. We are unable to receive undergarments, clothing with "Mommy" or "Daddy" references, bathing suits, hats, belts, bedding, shoes, bedding or towels. Special arrangements for donation collection can be made and community partners should contact Mia Buckner Preston at (510) 780-8844 for more information.

Foster youth and Caregivers should contact your Child Welfare Worker to make an appointment to drop by and pick up your clothes!

Mentoring: It's Easier Than You Think

Toss a baseball.
Go to a movie.
Help with homework.
Talk about "stuff."
Give just four hours each month.

Our mentoring program matches volunteer adults (age 18+) with children and youth who are in the foster care system.

OreMi Mentoring Program
Family Support Services of the Bay Area
510-834-2443
www.fssba.org




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