Even in good times, Louisiana’s foster parents receive one of the lowest board rates in the nation. Now, in the COVID-19 crisis, the pitfalls of an underfunded foster care system are exacerbated by increased need.
The COVID-19 crisis is making difficult situations nearly impossible for foster caregivers.
YOU CAN HELP by supplying essential items like diapers, formula, food, hygiene supplies, and gift cards (no more than $50 each)!
Foster Care Support Organizations Accepting and Distributing Donations
These foster care support organizations need your donations now for Louisiana’s foster children!
* * ALEXANDRIA REGION * *
Fostering Community in Alexandria, Louisiana, operates the Foster Care Closet.
Fostering Community offers online donating capabilities through the website at FosteringCommunity.org. Andria Fontenot manages this the drop off and pick up site for the Alexandria region. The Foster Community drop ships to foster families in far away rural areas and often mails gift cards. The Foster Community’s Foster Care Closet is at 2727 Jackson St., Alexandria, La 71303.
* * BATON ROUGE REGION * *
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana Inc. Donate at https://lagrg.org/donate-to-grgicl
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering both information, supporting kinship caregivers and their families, and serving grandparents raising grandchildren throughout the Baton Rouge community and surrounding areas.
Braveheart Donate at https://www.braveheartchildren.org/donate
* * SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA * *
One Heart NOLA at https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/OneHeartNOLAInc/general. One Heart NOLA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
* * MONROE REGION * *
Victory Baptist Church at 740 Finks Hideaway Rd. Monroe, LA 71203 is a drop off site on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am-2pm. Phone is 318-345-0943 Donations can also be mailed. “Gift cards to grocery stores are best.”
* * SHREVEPORT REGION * *
Cypress Baptist Church continues their closet ministry. They are a drop off and pick up spot for donations for foster families. Does not accept cash donations but will distribute gift cards. (Gift cards are in high demand for food.)
Cypress Baptist Church is located at 4701 Palmetto Rd., Benton, LA 71006
They are on FaceBook as The Foster Closet at Cypress. Contact Megan Barker at (318) 680-8222.
Every Person, Every Organization Can Help
Not every home is able to provide foster care, but every person and organization can help support Louisiana’s foster caregivers – and the infants and children in their care – by supplying these essential items.