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foster care month
foster care month

Why Supporting Children in Foster Care is Important!

foster care month

In 2019, the Children’s Bureau reported 423,997 children in foster care and 672,594 children served by the foster care system. Children who are in foster care are reported to have poorer physical and mental health compared to the general population. The Children’s Foundation of America (CFA) was created to provide support for the foster children of Trinity Youth Services (TYS) but has since grown to provide support to so many more organizations. In honor of National Foster Care Month, CFA would like to emphasize why the need to support children in foster care is important.  

In a study done by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, “children placed in foster care endure a number of disadvantages, both because of the maltreatment they have endured and other risk factors associated with their placement, including poverty, parental drug and alcohol abuse, neighborhood disadvantage, and epigenetics.” Each of these disadvantages contribute to the mental and physical health of children in foster care.  

Children in foster care are far more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression/anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and behavioral/conduct problems. In addition, children in foster care are also more likely to experience physical health issues such as asthma, obesity, speech problems, and vision problems. The combination of mental and physical health issues further places these children in a position of need.  

In addition to possible mental health and physical issues, the disadvantages that children in foster care face also prevent them from experiencing opportunities such as receiving a birthday gifts, holiday gifts, riding a bike, receiving new school supplies, going to college, and many more experiences that children of privilege get to experience. This is also due to government funding only providing payments to foster parents for basic day-to-day necessities. 

CFA understands the gravity of importance that supporting children in foster care holds. We are committed to being the difference in the lives of children in foster care by supporting them through our annual and monthly campaigns. CFA has given bicycles to foster children, backpacks full of school supplies to disadvantaged students, scholarships to college-bound at-risk youth, and provided supplies for foster and adoptive children to create “life books” to document their happiest experiences as they create a better future.  

How to Get Involved

Enter to win a helicopter flight and support children in foster care! Donate $10 to support children in foster care for National Foster Care Month and get entered to a chance to win a helicopter flight! Learn to fly a helicopter with a hands on introductory demo valued at $450. 

Our winner will start off with 30 minutes of ground school with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), then take to the skies for 30 minutes of hands-on flight instruction. You’ll get to manipulate the flight controls in the air and when you arrive back, Amaro Helicopters will take your photo in the cockpit and next to the helicopter. You will also be given a certificate with your logged flight time for you to proudly display. 

Must schedule and redeem flight by July 31, 2021. Must be over 18 years old and be able to travel to flight demo in Southern California. Contact donations@trinityys.org to coordinate within 7 days of winning. 

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Isabel Millward-Pena, Communications Specialist
Isabel contributes content for our social media, blog, newsletters and promotional materials. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University San Bernardino and is currently working on her master’s degree. Isabel began working with our team as an intern and, luckily for us, never left. Prior to her work at CFA, she was a substitute instructional aid and a supervisor at Starbucks. She has also volunteered as an aid at local elementary schools and notably achieved “Partner of the Quarter” at Starbucks in 2017.

Local Businesses Raise Funds for National Foster Care Month

I Like Pie Claremont

National Foster Care Month is celebrated each year in May to raise awareness and support for children in foster care. There are over 400,000 children in foster care at any given time in the United States and roughly 700 children enter foster care each day.

Children are removed from their families and placed into foster care for various reasons. Their parents may be incarcerated, battling substance abuse, have difficulty providing necessities or may even be abusive. Whatever the reason, these children need support and everyone can do something to help!

The Children’s Foundation of America’s mission is to provide an opportunity for every person to help children heal, learn and thrive. We accomplish this through our volunteer program and fundraisers.

In May, several local businesses partnered with the Children’s Foundation of America and raised $5,900 for children in foster care. These funds will be used for things like sports uniforms, summer camp, yearbooks, graduation cap and gown, scholarships and other resources to help youth participate in the same everyday activities as their non-fostered peers.

Thank you to participating businesses:
West End Real Estate Professionals
Rock & Brews
Tintura Salon
Rio de Ojas
The Giving
Escape Salon
Old Magnolia Shoppe
Bert & Rocky’s Ice Cream
Amelie
Aromatique Skin & Body Care
I Like Pie Bakeshop
Curtis Real Estate


Jenelle Phillips, Development Specialist
Jenelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes fundraising events, volunteer coordination, community outreach and donations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and has become very involved in the community. She is active in her church, owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk and is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group.

She Stories Empower Community to Support Foster Females

For National Foster Care Month, She Stories and the Children’s Foundation of America invited women in the community to a very purposeful  event at the dA Center for the Arts.

She Stories is a series of storytelling nights for women to share their experiences with other women, to voice their challenges and share their victories. In celebration of National Foster Care Month in May, She Stories teamed up with the Children’s Foundation of America to raise awareness and collect personal care items for teen girls in foster care.

Instead of admission, guests were asked to bring care packages for teen girls in foster care. Items donated included brand new shampoo, conditioner, body wash, feminine sanitary products, undergarments, deodorant, soap, lotion, hair brush, tooth brush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, makeup, jewelry, and so much more. In all, we collected over $500-worth of care items for young ladies in foster care. We distributed to the teen girls of Trinity Youth Services and continue to distribute to local organizations in need of these kind of items.

After guests contributed their donations, five storytellers shared their personal foster care stories, their challenges and their victories. Plus, vocalist Kesha Shantrell performed a couple of inspiring songs and guests enjoyed refreshments provided by Cheese Cave.

Children’s Foundation of America Executive Director, Cher Ofstedahl, shared her own personal story of trauma and abuse. Her parting message being that one caring person can change someone’s life. Cher has made it her life’s work to help trauma-affected children heal and break the cycle of generational abuse.

The Children’s Foundation of America, together with the dA Center and She Stories, were able to stir hope and inspire dialog about childhood trauma during National Foster Care Month and raise awareness for the need of action within our own community. Since this first event, plans have been made to continue this partnership. My Story is a storytelling opportunity where men and women are able to express their story through speaking, poetry, song and any other artistic avenue. Stay tuned for updates for September’s event benefiting the Children’s Foundation of America.


Jenelle PhillipsDevelopment Specialist
Jenelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes fundraising events, volunteer coordination, community outreach and donations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and has become very involved in the community. She is active in her church, owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk and is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group.