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Help Savannah-area foster children

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Help foster children foster parents Savannah Georgia

There’s a huge need for foster homes in the Savannah area. There are ways you can help – whether it’s taking the huge step and becoming trained to become a foster parent or simply by volunteering to help support foster kids in our area.

Here are some resources to help foster kids:

Lutheran Services of Georgia

Lutheran Services of Georgia is one of the largest non-profit providers of specialized foster care services in Georgia. Lutheran Services of Georgia works in partnership with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. LSG provides Specialized Foster Care services for children in the custody of the DFCS and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Specialized Foster Care Services are offered in Savannah among other Georgian cities.

Learn about becoming a foster parent & upcoming trainings here. 

Georgia MENTOR

Georgia MENTOR is an agency that partners with the Department of Family and Children Services to place foster children with emotional, behavioral or medical challenges in care.
Georgia MENTOR also provides training and support to foster parents to care for children who have been through many difficult challenges. That’s in addition to what foster parents receive from DFACS.
The Georgia MENTOR program in Savannah, which serves several counties in the surrounding area, has a huge need for therapeutic foster homes.
CONTACT: Complete a foster application with Georgia MENTOR online at makeadifferenceathome.com or call 912-234-6853.

Read our newspaper column about the need for foster care homes in Savannah here. 

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Volunteer or donate to help foster children in the Savannah area

Savannah/Chatham County CASA program

Savannah/Chatham County’s nonprofit CASA program, part of a national program which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is in need of more volunteers to represent the best interests of abused or neglected children in the court system.

CASA trains volunteers to serve as the eyes and ears of judges in child abuse and neglect cases. A newly trained volunteer is appointed one case at first to research in depth. This involves talking to the children, relatives, teachers and others, attending court hearings, completing court reports and more. The volunteer then reports back to the judge with information gathered about what would be in the best interest of the child.

Abused or neglected children in the court system who have a CASA volunteer are more likely to find a safe, permanent home, more likely to get more help while in the system, and more likely to do better in school.

CONTACT: Donations to the Savannah/Chatham program are accepted online. Volunteer applications are also available online. Find out about both here.   

For more information, contact Samantha Oughtred, one of four advocacy coordinators at Savannah/Chatham County CASA Inc: samantha@savannahcasa.org or 912-663-9728

Read our newspaper article about the need for CASA volunteers in Savannah here. 

Read our newspaper article about two CASA volunteers helping abused and neglected children in Savannah here. 

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More Savannah resources for foster care families, children

Foster Care Closet in Savannah

When a child enters foster care, they often have little or no personal belongings. At the Foster Care Closet in Savannah, they can get a duffel bag, toiletries and a clothes bag with two new outfits, a pair of pajamas and socks and underwear.

The P.A.C.K. closet at the Department of Family and Children’s Services Building in Savannah is accessible only to social workers. They are able to bring children with them into this happy space and allow them to choose a duffle bag, a bag of clothes (2 outfits, PJs, socks, underwear), a toiletry bag, a stuffed animal, a blanket, and other necessities. When the children cannot be present, the items are selected by their case worker.

Volunteer or donate with P.A.C.K  (People of Action Caring for Kids) in Savannah to help with the Foster Care Closet. Find more information at packsavannah.com or email packsavannahga@gmail.com

Read our newspaper column about P.A.C.K. here.

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To have additional Savannah foster care children resources listed here, please email the information to anne@southernmamas.com

Become a foster parent with Georgia MENTOR to help Savannah children in need

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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You have long wanted to help children in need in Savannah.

Here’s your chance.

Become a foster parent. Georgia MENTOR is an agency that partners with the Department of Family and Children Services to place both foster children in care.

Foster parents are called Mentors because they do so much more than simply house children – they change lives.

Georgia MENTOR is always looking for foster parents to open both their hearts and homes in the Savannah area. As a Mentor, you show through your actions that we all matter and we all deserve to live life to the fullest.

Savannah foster parent information sessions:

5-6PM July 6
5-6PM July 20

Call 912-234-6853 or ann.verdine@thementornetwork.com.  Learn more here.

Georgia MENTOR Foster Families Parents Savannah Who can be a Mentor?

You don’t need to be a superhero—just a regular person who’s ready to bring a child into your home and help give them a better life by sharing yours. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-at-home mom looking to earn money at home or a working family with children of your own. There’s no magic formula—you just have to be you.

Georgia MENTOR will be with you with you every step of the way. And you’ll become part of a whole network of people who, just like you, want to change a child’s life and make a difference at home.

When you’re ready to take the first step toward becoming a Mentor, please submit the Become a Mentor inquiry form.

Georgia MENTOR, www.ga-mentor.com, 912-234-6853 or ann.verdine@thementornetwork.com. On Facebook here.  Georgia MENTOR is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser