Our numbers document the enormity of the work we do – in our service to kids in foster care we have provided 2,300+ cribs to infants, most of whom have come out of the NICU with substance abuse issues; 6,600+ twin beds to give youngsters a spot of safety – their own bed to lay down on at night; 5,000 children with birthday gifts to celebrate their special day, and much more. And we have done it all without any support from Federal, State or local government.
Like most charities, we are left telling our tales of good deeds, and begging for support from everyone we can to help us keep the lights on, and to push the next bed out the back door for Samantha or Joey.
After a recent blogpost I wrote was published in the Arizona Republic, I received a note from a reader. She told me that “I get so sick of all the do gooders out there begging for help with everything. Arizona taxpayers already pay families to take care of children, I pay my taxes, so I believe I have given enough.”
I too pay taxes, I too am frustrated that more of my tax dollars don’t go to help kids in foster care. You may not know that almost half of the children in Arizona’s foster care system are placed with kinship providers (mostly grandparents) who receive no governmental assistance for taking in and supporting children in foster care. This presents a huge hardship on many who are living on fixed income, another reason that The Foster Alliance does EVERYTHING we can to help.
I believe that helping kids with basic needs in a life that’s been disrupted by the actions of ignorant adults is a worthy mission, and one that deserves community support.
I guess you’d have to call me one of the “do-gooders” that begs for help with everything. I believe that helping kids with basic needs in a life that’s been disrupted by the actions of ignorant adults is a worthy mission, and one that deserves community support. I apologize for begging, but when it comes to helping that little baby I held just this morning who was born addicted to methamphetamines, or the teenager who is struggling with self-esteem issues after being removed from a toxic environment, my pride goes out the window.
I believe in our work, I believe in supporting children to give them a better chance at success. I wish we didn’t need your support, or have to beg for it, BUT…
Dan Shufelt is the President & CEO of The Foster Alliance, the largest provider of basic needs to Arizona’s children in foster care. Learn more about the Organization atwww.azhelpinghands.org and contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.