Lakeshore Foster Families & Friends step in to help children in foster and kinship care and the families that care for them. Our goal is to make sure every placement provider has the resources they need. We hope to improve the experience of kids in foster 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Care Closet contains items for the children and families we serve. We made the decision in 2021 to only accept new items with the goal to help build self-esteem for children in care. Items in our Care Closet include clothes, pajamas, activities, pantry items, backpacks/school supplies, blankets, suitcases, baby essentials, diapers, hygiene products, 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 average around 80 Care Kits per year. These kits not only support the child and provide their essential items, but we also help the entire family by providing pantry items, as well as a Goodwill or Kid’s Gear voucher to help with additional clothing.
Monthly Hygiene Support
Through a partnership with Jake's Network of Hope , we offer our families diapers, wipes, training pants, and feminine hygiene products at no cost, once per month. In 2022, we gave out 654 packages of diapers, pull-ups, or feminine hygiene products.
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 partnerships with bakeries at Festival Foods and Meijer.
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 seasonal events throughout the year to show our support and gratitude for their very important work.
Graduation & Independence
The Graduation & Independence Program for youth in the foster care system. The goal of the Graduation & Independence program is to assist young adults (grades 9-12) in out-of-home care with the proper tools for them to lead successful lives following high school graduation.
The Virtual Support & Communication page on Facebook is a quick way to inform our families about resources, community events, and items pertaining to LFFF. Fostering Connections is a support group giving foster or kinship parents an opportunity to share with one another while enjoying some refreshments.