Can You Imagine?

For reasons beyond your control, you’re suddenly taken out of your home and sent to live with strangers. They are caring, loving people, but you don’t know them, and you’re scared, hurt, confused and even angry. Nothing around you is familiar any more. But this is the new life that’s been handed to you.

You could be an infant or a teenager in high school, or anybody in between. But no matter what age, you have no say in where you end up living or going to school. Or whether you’ll ever find stability, security or be able to attain your dreams, big or small.

This is what every foster child goes through. But while foster families are nurturing and supportive, not all are financially well off.

The Problem

Each foster child has a $350 per year clothing allowance. While this may sound adequate, keep in mind that many of these displaced children are taken in by foster families with almost nothing except the clothes they are wearing. Children also grow and wear out their clothes. And anything above basic subsistence, such as driver education, education expenses for special needs children, medical expenses not covered by insurance, sports and dances all require additional expenditures. So oftentimes the money doesn’t go far enough. Our CPS Board reviews all requests for reimbursement from foster families, so no allowances are given for frivolous or extravagant spending. But every child deserves a chance at normalcy, and to not just survive but to do well despite their challenges, don’t they?

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Our foster families also face their own trials in addition to the challenges of providing a stable home for foster children in crisis. Many of them are economic, because foster families aren’t all in the higher income brackets. But they all have a heart for children and compassion for their needs. So our CPS Board is there to try and help as much as possible, including relatively minimal financial support.

Our CPS Board relies on private donations and fundraising to assist with these expenses incurred by foster families. The money the board receives from the county only covers foster program administration expenses and other required costs such as drug testing. So it’s up to all of us, personally, to help provide for these children displaced by circumstance.

How You Can Help

We’ve started a new program to help non-profits raise the funds they need to help others. We call it Live Here, Give Here.* The concept is simple: keep Collin County donations in Collin County, providing for local needs. 100% of all donations Live Here, Give Here receives go to the non-profit organizations.

The first organization to be helped by Live Here, Give Here is the county Child Protective Services Board, who assists foster families in need of the basics to ensure their foster children suffer from no disadvantages. The CPS Board needs help to help these foster families, which is where you come in.

Please consider donating any amount to our local foster children’s needs. You can donate two ways:

PayPal – this secure online payment system is fast and easy. Click here to donate.

Mail – send a check or money order to Live Here, Give Here. Donations may be sent to:

Live Here, Give Here
c/o Collin County Auditor
2300 Bloomdale Rd
Suite 3100
McKinney, TX 75071

Please consider giving. The need is great even here in Collin County. Donate to Live Here, Give Here and know that your entire contribution will go towards a wonderful local cause – our kids.

* Live Here, Give Here is a program of Collin County government to support qualifying local charities and non-profit organizations give every resident the chance to be healthy and productive member of their community.

 

About Collin County

Collin County is one of 254 counties in the state of Texas and is located north of the metropolitan area of Dallas. It has a population of over 812,000, growing at a rate of 3.8 percent according to 2011 estimates. It covers over 840 square miles in land area. It is bordered by Grayson, Fannin, Hunt, Rockwall, Dallas and Denton counties. The county was founded in 1848 and has a county seat of McKinney. Both the county and the county seat were named after Collin McKinney, one of the five men who drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence. For more information visit collincountytx.gov.