Lakeshore Foster Families & Friends step in to help foster and kinship families and children. Our goal is to make sure every placement provider has the resources they need. We hope to improve the experience of foster kids in every way we can. We are here to assist and show our respect to you and your families because you deserve it.
If you, or someone you know, is a foster or kinship parent and would be interested in our programs, please reach out to us for more details at .
The Care Closet is all the items that are donated, or purchased, for us to use for Care Kits and other programs. Items in our Closet are new clothes, pajamas, activities, pantry items, games, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, sheets, blankets, suitcases, diapers, wipes, baby essentials, and so much more.
We have a wonderful partnership with Kids Gear in Manitowoc in which they will accept gently used kids' items on our behalf for a credit to our organization. When families reach out for needed items, we can send them to Kids Gear to use some of our credit.
In most cases, children are placed with little to nothing. Care Kits are created for out-of-home placements with the purpose to help with the transition to a new home. We provide the child with clothing, hygiene items, pajamas, school supplies, journals, blankets, activities, pantry items, and other needed items to support not only the child but the family as a whole.
The Birthday Program provides children with a decorated birthday cake, and thanks to our generous sponsor, Epic Tree Care, a gift of up to $25 for their birthday present. We have numerous partnerships with bakeries (Festival Foods, B Squared Cookies, French Creek Bakery, Cravings).
Appreciation & Events
We actively show appreciation to our families, the children, social workers, and all involved in the welfare of children placed out-of-home. We know the task of fostering is often daunting and isolating and we want families to know we are a reliable asset. We plan an event every other month: Winter Event, Easter Event, Foster Care Awareness Month, Beach Bash, Fall Fun Day, Holiday Party, and Social Worker Appreciation.
Graduation & Independence
Fall of 2021 will pilot our first full-action Graduation and Independence Program for youth in the foster care system. The program will help youth develop a plan for transitioning into adulthood. The program encourages youth to prepare their individual plan with supportive adults involved in their lives and is designed to help youth assess their assets, identify resources, and plan for life after foster care. This program is broken down into eight topics.
The Support Page on Facebook was created in 2020 to communicate quickly with our families with resources, community events, and items pertaining to LFFF. Fostering Connections is an in-person social support group giving new foster parents to connect with veteran parents and a place for parents to share with one another.