Sept. 29, 2022, 11:10 a.m.
Thank You For Making Disney Days 2022 MagicalUncategorized
Thank You For Making Disney Days 2022 Magical Thank you for making Disney Days 2022 magical. Without the support of our community, reunification events like Disney Days would not be possible. Together, we raised enough funds to take 207 siblings separated by their foster care placement to Disneyland. This labor of love is only possible…Continue Reading >
Sept. 9, 2022, 1:35 p.m.
Former Foster Youth Shares Her Experience as a Teen in Foster CareUncategorized
There is a common misconception that teens and older children are more difficult to foster than other age groups. Although there can be challenging situations we know that most teens and older children in foster care just want a safe home and someone who cares about them! Today we’re happy to share the story of…Continue Reading >
July 28, 2022, 1:33 p.m.
FAQ for Disney Days 2023Uncategorized Disney Days Resources
To help answer your questions here is the FAQ for Disney Days 2023! Q. How Did Disney Days Start? A. 10 years ago our founder Danny decided to take some kids in foster care to Disneyland for his birthday. Rather than accepting gifts, his friends helped him fundraise and donate towards the first unofficial Disney Days. Q.…Continue Reading >
June 2, 2022, 3:12 p.m.
7 Fun Activities To Stay Cool This Summer With Your Foster FamilyUncategorized Resources
7 fun activities to stay cool this summer with your foster family. Enjoy these hot takes from Foster Love - Together We Rise leading foster care nonprofit.Continue Reading >
June 2, 2022, 3:03 p.m.
7 Bonding Activities To Do With Your Foster FamilyResources
Try these 7 bonding activities to do with your foster family. Foster Love - Together We Rise is a nationwide children’s nonprofit helping foster families.Continue Reading >
May 24, 2022, 3:09 p.m.
Five Things Foster Parents Should Know About Safeguarding Kids’ Digital SafetyResources
Foster youth are more vulnerable to digital crime in a number of ways. They face a different set of challenges compared to other children, which means their personal information may be more likely to be compromised online, and are at higher risk of falling victim to identity theft. Additionally, foster youth often move around a…Continue Reading >
May 11, 2022, 9:26 p.m.
Five Things Foster Youth Should Know About Digital SafetyResources
Children have always been attractive targets of digital thieves. They have clean, typically unmonitored credit reports that offer criminals ample time to cause substantial damage to the child’s credit. Often, this fraud goes unnoticed until the victim reaches adulthood and applies for their first credit card, job, home, or anything else that might require a…Continue Reading >
April 27, 2022, 5:41 p.m.
An Unexpected Adoption JourneyAdoption Stories
An Unexpected Adoption Journey Have you ever considered adoption? Many people feel a calling to adopt or make the decision as a couple to share their love and forever family. Or sometimes life just throws you a curveball! This is exactly what happened when Tracey received a phone call that led to her unexpected adoption…Continue Reading >
April 21, 2022, 10:05 p.m.
Verition Partners with Together We Rise to Support Foster YouthCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building
Foster Love - Together We Rise is only as strong as its volunteers and partners. Without their support and dedication, we would not be able to reach as many foster youth nationwide. One of our greatest joys is connecting with organizations that want to make a difference in their community. Verition Fund Management LLC (“Verition”) is one of…Continue Reading >
April 21, 2022, 5:45 p.m.
Concrete Collaborative Partners With Together We Rise Bringing New Office To LifeUncategorized Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Concrete Collaborative Partners With Foster Love - Together We Rise Bringing New Office To Life Foster Love - Together We Rise is constantly growing and adapting to the needs of the foster care community. Thanks to our supporters we’ve been able to expand our HQ in Brea, creating a multipurpose space for events and resources. Danny, our founder, and CEO is…Continue Reading >
April 20, 2022, 7:11 p.m.
Blended Family Fosters and Adopts Five SiblingsAdoption Stories Recap
Blended Family Fosters and Adopts Five Siblings Looking after a big family can be hard work but it can also be immensely rewarding. Just ask Kevin and Roberta! These two married in November 2020 and brought their four children together to create a happy blended family. But the adventure didn’t stop there! Kevin and Roberta…Continue Reading >
April 19, 2022, 6:29 p.m.
Moms Going Through ReunificationUncategorized
Mother’s Day is a special day to celebrate all mothers. But for moms going through reunification it can be a difficult time. The weeks leading up to Mother’s day can be a bittersweet reminder of the time lost with their children. Every day can be a small battle to meet their assigned goals. As a…Continue Reading >
April 15, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Q&A With Former Foster Youth Turned Author Jessica C.
With Foster Care Awareness Month just around the corner, we wanted to lift the voices of former foster youth. Part of the goal of Foster Care Awareness Month is to shed light on the lived experiences of those who’ve been in the foster care system. Today we spoke with Jessica C. an author and advocate…Continue Reading >
April 12, 2022, 6:33 p.m.
Graduation Season For Foster YouthUncategorized
Graduation Season For Foster Youth It’s that time of year again! Graduation season is in full swing, and thousands of foster youth are moving on to the next chapter in their lives. We want to congratulate current and former foster youth graduates who have worked hard and studied for long hours over the years! We’re…Continue Reading >
April 8, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
Q&A with Kent Bennett from the LA Department of Children & Family Services
Q&A with Kent Bennett from the LA Department of Children & Family Services Foster Love - Together We Rise is able to reach foster youth because of our amazing foster agency partners across the United States. A secondary goal to our mission is to uplift and educate people about what is actually happening within the foster care community.…Continue Reading >
April 6, 2022, 10:36 p.m.
6 Summer Activities for Foster FamiliesResources
6 Summer Activities for Foster Families We all have fond memories of childhood summers. Hanging out with friends all day long or laughing while doing fun activities with our families. The first day of summer vacation is every kid’s favorite day! Summer activities also provide the perfect opportunity for foster families to bond and make…Continue Reading >
April 6, 2022, 10:08 p.m.
4 Ways to Show Appreciation to Foster MomsResources
4 Ways to Show Appreciation to Foster Moms For many people, Mother’s Day is a special day to celebrate the important women in their lives. There are many foster moms who go above and beyond to provide love and support for every child in their foster home. If you know a foster mom, one of…Continue Reading >
April 1, 2022, 5:08 p.m.
How To Get Involved During National Volunteer Month 2022Uncategorized
How To Get Involved During National Volunteer Month 2022 April is National Volunteer Month! There are plenty of ways to get involved and help celebrate the importance of volunteering. Whether you’re looking to lend a hand in your community or want to participate in a virtual volunteer opportunity from home. There’s something for everyone! Find…Continue Reading >
March 31, 2022, 9:45 p.m.
5 Benefits of Doing a Team Build with Your CompanyResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building
5 Benefits of Doing a Team Build with Your Company Having a healthy work environment and a sense of fulfillment is important to people in today’s workforce. Many companies are achieving this by implementing team build events into their workplace culture. And it’s no wonder why, as studies show that when employees feel like their…Continue Reading >
March 29, 2022, 11:03 p.m.
7 Reasons Why You Should Do A Virtual Service ActivityResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
7 Reasons Why You Should Do A Virtual Service Activity Are you looking for a way to give back to the community but have a busy schedule? Virtual Service Activities are a great and flexible way to make a difference and safely volunteer from anywhere. Foster Love - Together We Rise created a variety of Virtual Service Projects…Continue Reading >
March 9, 2022, 11:46 p.m.
Foster Care Helps A Forever Love Find A Forever Family of 10Feel Good Friday
Foster Care Helps A Forever Love Find A Forever Family Of 10 Many people use foster care to find or complete their forever family, the Balls, however, found so much more. First things first, Abby and Tony Ball have known each other since Elementary School. While they didn’t stay in touch past that, their playground…Continue Reading >
March 7, 2022, 8:26 p.m.
Social Worker Appreciation Month 2022Uncategorized
Social Worker Appreciation Month 2022 Did you know that March is Social Worker Appreciation Month? While it is only one month, we celebrate social workers all year round. Without social workers, Foster Love - Together We Rise wouldn’t be able to reach as many children in foster care. Without social workers, the world would be a darker place.…Continue Reading >
March 3, 2022, 11:44 p.m.
Former Foster Youth Finds A Kidney Donor In New MomFeel Good Friday
Former Foster Youth Finds A Kidney Donor In New Mom Foster parents open their hearts and home to diverse children with varying needs, including medical ailments. Jeanne and Eli Backer have been fostering children in Louisanna since 2013. In 2019 their lives changed completely with their new foster placement Jaxon aka Jack-Jack. In Search of a…Continue Reading >
Feb. 25, 2022, 1:16 a.m.
Lifting Foster Youth at Heritage HomesUncategorized
Lifting Foster Youth at Heritage Homes Foster Love - Together We Rise’s ability to help foster youth is dependent upon our community partners and friends. Today we want to gush over our friends at Heritage Homes. They recently came to pick up some donations and gave us some insight into how we help the foster community. Meet Deonne…Continue Reading >
Feb. 16, 2022, 7:32 p.m.
Behind The Family Fellowship – Robert and Hope SmithResources Philanthropy Family Fellowship
Let’s take a look at the biggest supporters of our Family Fellowship scholarship, Robert and Hope Smith. Since 2015, Foster Love - Together We Rise and Fund ll Foundation’s partnership has helped dozens of former foster youth achieve their academic goals through the Family Fellowship scholarship. The founding director and president of the Fund II Foundation, Robert F. Smith,…Continue Reading >
Feb. 11, 2022, 6:39 p.m.
4 Fun Valentine’s Day Team Building Activities In 2022Team Building
4 Fun Valentine’s Day Team Building Activities In 2022 Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we have 4 fun Valentine’s Day team building activities for you in 2022. There is way more to Valentine’s Day than romantic love. The pandemic is still a part of our lives in 2022, it comes as a…Continue Reading >
Feb. 10, 2022, 6:17 p.m.
Making a Difference with Mercedes-Benz USACorporate Social Responsibility Team Building
Making a Difference with Mercedes-Benz USA Foster Love - Together We Rise and Mercedes-Benz USA met in Atlanta, Georgia on January 25th for our first in-person team building event of 2022! Mercedes-Benz USA is committed to uplifting the community through philanthropic partnerships that empower the next generation. “We live and work in communities that do not always have…Continue Reading >
Feb. 10, 2022, 4:59 p.m.
Help Celebrate Thalia’s 50 Years Of Fostering
Help Celebrate Thalia’s 50 Years Of Fostering This week for Feel Good Friday we want to honor the amazing Thalia Thornton for her 50 years of fostering. Since 1972, the 85-year-old has helped raise more than 700 children in her Oceanport, NJ home. According to Angela Allora, a retired nurse who worked for New Jersey’s…Continue Reading >
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:39 p.m.
5 Reasons Why You Should Foster TeensResources
5 Reasons Why You Should Foster Teens Teens in foster care often get a bad rap. We can all agree that there is a general misconception when it comes to teens, think of sayings like, “the teenage years,” or “troubled teens.” So when it comes to fostering, many people prefer to start with younger children.…Continue Reading >
Feb. 5, 2022, 8:24 p.m.
Help Kids in Foster Care During Black History MonthUncategorized Disney Days Resources Adoption Stories Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Feel Good Friday Birthday Box Build A Board Building Bikes Family Fellowship Superhero Boxes Sweet Cases
Help Kids in Foster Care During Black History Month Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and legacy of black and African Americans across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers to leaders in industry, politics, science, culture, and more. As Foster Love - Together We Rise continues to honor the achievements of our fellow…Continue Reading >
Feb. 4, 2022, 4:50 p.m.
Former Foster Youth Gives Back As National Mullet Contest WinnerUncategorized
Former Foster Youth Gives Back As National Mullet Contest Winner When Allan and Alice were only four years old, they were placed in the foster home of Derek & Lesli Baltz. The couple became their forever family because reunification with their birth parents was not an option for this pair. However, destiny had other plans…Continue Reading >
Jan. 27, 2022, 7:35 p.m.
Bush Animal Clinic Help Local Foster Youth With Together We RiseTeam Building Building Bikes
Bush Animal Clinic Help Local Foster Youth With Foster Love - Together We Rise Since 2015 the Bush Animal Clinic has partnered with Foster Love - Together We Rise to help local foster youth. Together with the local community Bush Animal Clinic in Albany, Georgia raised enough funds to sponsor five different service activities. This year their goal is to fundraise and…Continue Reading >
Jan. 21, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Feel Good Friday- Help Celebrate Nico’s Gotcha Day
Feel Good Friday- Help Celebrate Nico’s Gotcha Day It is Feel Good Friday and there is a lot to be grateful for. Today we ask you to help us celebrate Nico’s Gotcha Day! You may be wondering, what is a “Gotcha Day?” Well, that my friends, depends on who you ask. Many people view it…Continue Reading >
Dec. 23, 2021, 7:07 p.m.
Holiday Shopping Sprees 2021 Brings Holiday Cheer to 100 Teens in Foster CareEvents
Holiday Shopping Sprees 2021 Foster Love - Together We Rise is so grateful to be back and hosting our 2021 Holiday Shopping Sprees. The pandemic continues to hold a lot of uncertainty for foster youth and their families. Offering this event helps bring joy to teens, especially since they are able to pick out exactly what they’d like.…Continue Reading >
Dec. 16, 2021, 10:27 p.m.
Tips on Introducing a New Placement to Your Friends and FamilyResources
Many people wonder how to introduce a new placement to the people in their lives, especially those closest to us, friends, and family. I truly believe the best way is to first start by discussing that you are going to begin receiving placements in the first place, and WHY!?? I think many people miss the…Continue Reading >
Nov. 23, 2021, 11:57 p.m.
What is Attachment Trauma in Foster Care?Resources
Attachment Trauma in foster care is one of those topics that for some people feels like once you get a family “it should all go away.” Unfortunately, that is unlikely the case especially when you understand how trauma brain works. I am not going to go into all of the specifics of the brain in…Continue Reading >
Nov. 21, 2021, 12:45 a.m.
Chris Colgan Starts Fundraiser to Honor ParentsPhilanthropy
Chris Colgan Starts Fundraiser to Honor Parents April 20th, 2019, started out like any other day for Chris Colgan Jr., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chris, now 18, was 16 at the time and planned on spending the Saturday hanging out with his friends while his dad took his mom out on their boat to celebrate…Continue Reading >
Nov. 11, 2021, 8 p.m.
6 Tips for Being Mindful of Trauma During the HolidaysUncategorized Disney Days Resources Adoption Stories Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Feel Good Friday Birthday Box Build A Board Building Bikes Family Fellowship Superhero Boxes Sweet Cases
Navigating trauma during the holidays can be tough. Imagine for instance you have been removed from your home and family. Despite what occurred for you to be removed you still miss, love, and long to be together again…this is foster care…this is the struggle we face when we have been removed from our family origin.…Continue Reading >
Nov. 5, 2021, 7:42 p.m.
Adoptionly Yours Supports Together We RisePhilanthropy
Adoptionly Yours Supports Foster Love - Together We Rise One of the amazing things about Foster Love - Together We Rise is that our supporters love to lend their skills to help. Our friends Jayne Alfieri and Stacy Clark, co-founders of Tiny Type Studios in Tampa, FL, took their talents to launch Adoptionly Yours greeting cards. What is Adoptionly Yours Greetings Cards?…Continue Reading >
Sept. 27, 2021, 4:40 p.m.
What Happens to Pregnant Teens in Foster Care?Resources
Thousands of teens find themselves in the foster care system after enduring some sort of trauma. Teen girls in or from unstable homes or communities are more likely to experience teen pregnancy. Inevitably, there are pregnant teens in foster care. But what happens to them and their babies in the system? Teens in Foster Care…Continue Reading >
Sept. 24, 2021, 10:55 p.m.
The Harsh Reality Behind Aging Out of Foster CareResources
The harsh reality behind aging out of foster care is complex. Many hold personal beliefs that foster youth at 18 are adults and should be able to just get out in the world and make a life. We ask you to reflect on your experience after tuning 18. Did your family help you with tuition…Continue Reading >
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:54 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunities for Kids can Start with a Classic Lemonade StandUncategorized Disney Days Resources Adoption Stories Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Feel Good Friday Birthday Box Build A Board Building Bikes Family Fellowship Superhero Boxes Sweet Cases
Volunteer Opportunities for Kids can Start with a Classic Lemonade Stand Finding volunteer opportunities for kids can be tough. Siena, an elementary school student, used her creativity, passion, and discipline to give back to youth in the foster care system. At just 7 years old, she crafted a plan to run a lemonade stand at…Continue Reading >
Sept. 13, 2021, 9:07 p.m.
Together We Rise Attends 2021 BrandSource ConferencePhilanthropy Events
Foster Love - Together We Rise Attends 2021 BrandSource Conference Foster Love - Together We Rise received an invitation from BrandSource to attend the 2021 Double Down Conference. The TWR team met with patrons from across the nation looking to serve the local foster care community. During the conference, we had the pleasure of speaking with attendees about their personal connections…Continue Reading >
Sept. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
From Foster Youth to Founder of Creation NationCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
From Foster Youth to Founder of Creation Nation Karen Nation, a business owner, Shark Tank contestant, and former foster youth used her platform to collaborate with Foster Love - Together We Rise to give back to kids presently in the system. When speaking on her experience in the foster care system, Karen specifically noted her memories of not…Continue Reading >
Sept. 7, 2021, 10:55 p.m.
Community Service for Kids- Matthis and Luca Giveback to Foster YouthResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Community Service for Kids- Matthis and Luca Giveback to Foster Youth Finding community service opportunities for kids can be hard. Matthis, 13, and Luca, 10 of Shelter Island, New York are no strangers to giving back to those in need. Through their involvement with their karate studio, they have participated in fundraisers for St. Jude’s…Continue Reading >
Sept. 7, 2021, 3:22 p.m.
New Mini- Department in Albany, NY Provides Foster Children with Free EssentialsCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
New Mini- Department in Albany, NY Provides Foster Children with Free Essentials A local Albany pastor has taken a major step toward helping foster kids in the Albany Area. More often than not, foster children wear hand-me-down clothing from previous children in their foster home. When moving from placement to placement, foster kids often have…Continue Reading >
Sept. 1, 2021, 5:55 p.m.
Portland Hairdresser Hosted Free Haircut Event for Kids in Foster CareResources Philanthropy
Portland Hairdresser Hosted Free Haircut Event for Kids in Foster Care For kids in foster care, sometimes basic needs are forgotten, one of these needs being haircuts. These needs are not maintained for many reasons, including they are expensive, time consuming, and since the foster care system is so complex, they may be last thing…Continue Reading >
Aug. 21, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Finding a Forever Family at 18 Years OldAdoption Stories
Finding a Forever Family at 18 Years Old Many teenagers don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, where they will spend the night, or who their family is. Teens in foster care do. The sad truth is that the older a child gets, the harder adoption becomes. Foster parents and…Continue Reading >
Aug. 14, 2021, 5:07 p.m.
Daisy Gonzales Beat the Odds of the Foster Care SystemResources
Daisy Gonzales Beat the Odds of the Foster Care System The foster care system has a complex relationship with education. “The overall graduation rate for foster youth fell from 64.6 percent in 2019 to 55.3 percent in 2020” As for college, around 3% of former foster kids earn a college degree. These statistics are the…Continue Reading >
Aug. 7, 2021, 4:20 p.m.
Brave Abuse-Survivor Shares His Story in Hopes of Justice for Himself and Other Children Experiencing AbuseResources
While foster care removes many children from dangerous situations, it can also cause further trauma and danger for them. Abuse in the System is More Common Than You Might Think As many as 28 percent of kids are abused while in the foster care system. However, official statistics may be severely underestimating the problem since…Continue Reading >
Aug. 3, 2021, 1:02 a.m.
Why You Should Help Teens in Foster CareResources
Why You Should Help Teens in Foster Care As kids in foster care grow older, it becomes harder for them to find permanent homes that will provide a loving, nurturing environment for them, Parents tend to avoid fostering and adopting teens for multiple reasons. There is often a fear of trauma and the records of…Continue Reading >
Aug. 1, 2021, 9:46 p.m.
What Happens when Foster Care Separates SiblingsResources Adoption Stories
What happens when foster care separates siblings? The bond between siblings is unmatched. While they may pick on each other and poke fun, at the end of the day one of the most valuable relationships a person can have is with their siblings. Think about your siblings growing up, you might not have always gotten…Continue Reading >
July 27, 2021, 12:41 a.m.
The Foster Care System is in Desperate Need of ReformResources
Over time, there have been many concerns regarding the safety and care for children within the foster care system. One foster parent voicing these concerns is Pastor Anthony Favors, who has been a foster parent for over 10 years in three different states. Favors is very passionate about this cause, stating: “If it is the…Continue Reading >
July 24, 2021, 9:27 p.m.
New York Senator Gillibrand Introduces Foster Care Reform BillResources
New York Senator Gillibrand Introduces Foster Care Reform Bill New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently introduced the bipartisan, bicameral National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act of 2021. A bill aiming to create a national foster care database to increase transparency and uniformity across the foster care system. Above all, the bill is to…Continue Reading >
July 22, 2021, 7:45 p.m.
California’s State Senate and Assembly Pass $35 Million Program to Support Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
California’s State Senate and Assembly Pass $35 Million Program to Support Youth Aging Out of Foster Care California’s state Senate and Assembly pass a $35 million program to provide a universal basic income for youth aging out of foster care. Governor Gavin Newson approved the bill last Friday, making it the first state wide program…Continue Reading >
July 21, 2021, 10:08 p.m.
Former Foster Parents Arrested for Child Sex AbuseResources
Former Foster Parents Arrested for Child Sex Abuse While there are some happily-ever-afters that come from the foster care system, there are things in the system that need fixing. For starters, there is abuse that happens within the system. Whether it is people fostering for the wrong reason, people abusing the system, or people abusing…Continue Reading >
July 14, 2021, 11:03 p.m.
Are You Misinformed About the Foster Care System?Resources Adoption Stories
Are You Misinformed About the Foster Care System? Are you misinformed about the foster care system? TikTok star, and foster parent, Brittany Burcham, shares information, advice, and stories on her account to help reduce misinformation. Her goal is to educate people on the realities of the foster system, including the positive aspects. Many people focus…Continue Reading >
July 13, 2021, 10:46 p.m.
Helpful Tips for Those Looking to Foster to AdoptResources Adoption Stories
Sara F. never expected that she would become a mother of 9 beautiful kids, but that is the path life took her on. Sara and her partner started their journey to adopt in 2014, with the intent of adopting only one child. In early 2015, they decided to begin fostering while waiting for the adoption…Continue Reading >
July 12, 2021, 9:54 p.m.
Couple Fosters and Adopts Twins After Experiencing InfertilityAdoption Stories
Couple Fosters and Adopts Twins After Experiencing Infertility Every couple’s road to parenthood is different. For Cristie and her partner, that road was filled with twists, turns, dead ends, and detours. But with a whole lot of love and a little bit of luck, this couple fosters to adopt and are now the parents of awesome…Continue Reading >
July 11, 2021, 7:01 p.m.
Overcoming the Obstacles of Fostering to AdoptResources Adoption Stories
How to Overcome Obstacles When Fostering to Adopt Deborah and her partner knew they wanted to adopt. They were planning to adopt, but they knew “nothing was final until it’s finalized.” They became certified in April 2018, and though they said yes to multiple children prior to having a placement, they didn’t get a match…Continue Reading >
July 10, 2021, 5:59 p.m.
Florida Family Fosters and Adopts Three ChildrenAdoption Stories
Florida Family Fosters and Adopts Three Children In Florida, private adoptions can cost upwards of thirty thousand dollars. The high cost is a barrier between children who need homes and loving families that can’t afford the steep price tag. Luckily there is a much more affordable option: adopting from foster care. In these instances, adoption…Continue Reading >
July 9, 2021, 8:31 p.m.
Olympian Simone Biles Grew Up In Foster CareAdoption Stories
Olympian Simone Biles Grew Up In Foster Care You never know someone’s background by looking at them. Simone Biles, one of the greatest and most accomplished athletes of all time, was placed in foster care. Sadly, her biological mother couldn’t care for Simone and her siblings. Her Placement in Foster Care She began her story…Continue Reading >
July 2, 2021, 4:31 p.m.
What Happens When Kids in Foster Care Turn 18?Resources Adoption Stories
Most do not know what happens in the foster care system or what happens when kids do not find families by the time they are 18. More than 23,000 kids every year are emancipated (aged out) of the foster system with no family, guidance, money, or shelter. The Brutal Truth Here are some facts about…Continue Reading >
July 1, 2021, 9:27 p.m.
Forming a Family Through Foster CareUncategorized Resources
Forming a Family Through Foster Care Fostering to adopt is no easy task. While it can be a difficult journey, the love and family that is formed after is worth every struggle. We asked our friend Victoria to share some insights about her big family that came together was formed through fostering. How it Began…Continue Reading >
June 30, 2021, 6:40 p.m.
Fostering For LifeAdoption Stories
Fostering For Life Accepting the role of a foster parent means opening your home and your heart to children that desperately need a home. For some people, fostering is like second nature and something they always knew they could do. For others, the role of a foster parent comes after a journey of discovering their…Continue Reading >
June 29, 2021, 4:51 p.m.
Central Texas Foster Care System Needs SupportResources
Central Texas Foster Care System Needs Support Children around the United States struggle while entering the foster care system. It is a problem that needs to be addressed. The trauma, heartbreak, and challenges these children experience are difficult for anyone to handle, let alone a child. One place in the US experiencing major issues within…Continue Reading >
June 26, 2021, 9:23 p.m.
Beating the Odds- 100 Foster Youth Graduate High SchoolResources Adoption Stories
Beating the Odds- 100 Foster Youth Graduate High School Teenage foster children transfer from school to school as they move from foster home to foster home. The lack of consistency in education is one of the reasons that 50% of foster youth do not graduate high school. This year in Houston, over 100 foster children…Continue Reading >
June 25, 2021, 8:59 p.m.
As Society begins to Recover from COVID, Foster Children are Left BehindResources
As Society begins to Recover from COVID, Foster Children are Left Behind The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives. As we begin to regain a sense of normalcy, foster children are being overlooked and left behind. System Standstill The onset of the Coronavirus in the United States brought the foster care…Continue Reading >
June 25, 2021, 6:31 p.m.
Going From Military To Foster FamilyAdoption Stories
Going From Military To Foster Family Estefanie is someone who always knew she wanted to adopt. Since she was a child, she knew it was the path she would take to have kids. Her fostering and adopting story began officially in 2018, when she became licensed to adopt. After being approved and licensed, Estefanie and…Continue Reading >
June 24, 2021, 4:36 p.m.
Foster Family Turned Forever FamilyAdoption Stories
Foster Family Turned Forever Family It takes a special person to open their door to foster children and even more of a special person to make foster children a permanent part of their family. Rachel is one of those people. Read her story of how her foster family turned into her forever family. Where it…Continue Reading >
June 23, 2021, 9:59 p.m.
Minnesota Woman Sentenced for Murdering Foster ChildResources
Minnesota Woman Sentenced for Murdering Foster Child Kellie Jo Anderson, 36, is convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her 18-month-old foster child Henry. Henry’s placement with Anderson began in April 2019. Anderson told officers that she and her husband were in the process of adopting Henry last summer. The Events of April 23,…Continue Reading >
June 18, 2021, 10:02 p.m.
Lawmakers Want Accountability After Death of Kansas Foster ChildResources
Lawmakers Want Accountability After Death of Kansas Foster Child Lawmakers demand accountability after the death of an autistic boy in Kansas state custody. On Tuesday the Kansas Reclector published the results of an investigation into the death of Aaron Carter, a 6-year-old boy with autism. The report explores a systemic failure to provide medical care…Continue Reading >
June 17, 2021, 6:46 p.m.
From Foster Care to HarvardFamily Fellowship
From Foster Care to Harvard Imagine going from foster care to Harvard when only 3% of people who’ve experienced foster care graduate from college. The obstacles foster youth face often make college a distant dream. These odds did not deter Kelisha Williams from living out her dreams and now she heads out to Harvard University…Continue Reading >
June 15, 2021, 6:24 p.m.
A Strong Independent Adoptive MotherAdoption Stories
A Strong Independent Adoptive Mother Elizabeth F. grew up an only child and chose to stay solo into her adult life. She reveled in the freedom of not being tied down by family obligations; she wanted to do what she wanted to do when she wanted to do it. It was the temporary-ness that drew…Continue Reading >
June 12, 2021, 6:09 p.m.
Macy’s Supports Aged-Out Foster YouthResources
Macy’s Supports Aged-Out Foster Youth This past May during Foster Care Awareness Month Macy’s teamed up with Foster Love - Together We Rise to support six aged-out foster youth. The Del Amo Macy’s location in Torrance, CA hosted the students during a Saturday morning along with Foster Love - Together We Rise staff. Each student was able to shop with the…Continue Reading >
June 7, 2021, 8:27 p.m.
Couple Adopts Five Siblings from Foster Care- Now They are a Family of 12Adoption Stories
Couple Adopts Five Siblings from Foster Care- Now They are a Family of 12 Geared up like a football team, the Hairr family marched through the courthouse. Today the squad wore black jerseys, each numbered from oldest to youngest and outlined in a red heart. It is time for the family of 7 to become…Continue Reading >
June 5, 2021, 6:32 p.m.
Empty Nesters Grow Family Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
Empty Nesters Grow Family Through Foster Care Everyone’s foster journey is different. Some people know from childhood that they will foster, and others come across fostering later in life. For Melanie Taylor Hunt and her family, the foster and adoption process started after their daughter left for college and they became empty nesters. How Their…Continue Reading >
June 1, 2021, 3:17 p.m.
The One Thing I’ve Wanted My Entire Life, To Have A MomAdoption Stories
The One Thing I’ve Wanted My Entire Life, To Have A Mom A heartbreaking reality for the majority of youth in foster care is they may never have a forever family. Each year, about 20,000 kids age out of foster care. Nearly 40% become homeless. This constant fear is crippling but for Monyay Paskalides of Bradenton, Florida,…Continue Reading >
May 26, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Kansas Man Convicted of Abuse Towards Adopted Foster ChildUncategorized
Kansas Man Convicted of Abuse Towards Adopted Foster Child Brandon Hoffman, 48, from Hutchinson Kansas, plead no contest on three counts of child abuse. The previous recipient of a 2009 advocacy award for adopting foster children, is convicted on three counts of child abuse. Including the allegation of repeatedly sexually molesting one of those children.…Continue Reading >
May 20, 2021, 6:19 p.m.
Foster Parents Accused in Death of 4-Year-OldUncategorized News Recap
Foster Parents Accused in Death of 4-Year-Old Jacksonville foster parents of a 4-year-old boy who died in April were arrested in connection with his death. Alex Pino is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Michelle Sipko is charged with manslaughter and neglect in the death of James Reese Jr. Both appeared before a…Continue Reading >
May 19, 2021, 10:41 p.m.
ONEHOPE Wines, Humble Brands, and Together We Rise Team UpPhilanthropy
ONEHOPE Wines, Humble Brands, and Foster Love - Together We Rise Team Up for the “All Those Who Mom” Campaign FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brea, CA- ONEHOPE Wines, Humble Brands, and Foster Love - Together We Rise team up for the “All Those Who Mom” campaign. Through viral videos and fundraising efforts, Foster Love - Together We Rise honored 400 foster moms with gifts to…Continue Reading >
April 26, 2021, 2:21 p.m.
How Can We Prevent the Unwarranted Death of a ChildResources
How Can We Prevent the Unwarranted Death of a Child In March a mother, Kaylee Messerly, and her 3-year-old child were found with frostbite needing amputations. A second child, of 18 months old was found dead due to accidental hypothermia. The arrest warrant for Messerly quotes a physician describing the frostbite as the worst case…Continue Reading >
April 8, 2021, 10:14 a.m.
Announcing SHEIN and Together We Rise’s PartnershipCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Announcing SHEIN and Foster Love - Together We Rise’s Partnership Foster Love - Together We Rise is excited to announce our partnership with SHEIN aimed at transforming the lives of at-risk youth in foster care. Through this partnership, SHEIN is bringing hope, comfort, confidence, and essential resources to youth that are too often overlooked and forgotten by the public. Ongoing Efforts…Continue Reading >
April 1, 2021, 2:13 p.m.
North Dakota Foster Parent Pleads Guilty to MurderUncategorized
North Dakota Foster Parent Pleads Guilty to Murder North Dakota foster parent pleads guilty to the murder of 5-year-old Raven Thompson this Tuesday in federal court. Thompson was in foster care at the time of her death and died on May 6th, 2020. One of the foster parents accused of Thompson’s murder pleaded guilty to…Continue Reading >
March 30, 2021, 2:54 p.m.
Foster Care Reform is Needed NOWResources
Foster Care Reform NOW A USA Today investigation reveals disturbing allegations of unreported abuse endured by children in Florida’s child welfare system. The report claims to review nearly 5,000 calls to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) abuse hotline from educators, health care professionals, daycare workers, neighbors, and others regarding the treatment of children…Continue Reading >
Feb. 12, 2021, 9:28 p.m.
Concerned Teacher Saves Child From Abusive HomeUncategorized
Concerned Teacher Saves Child From Abusive Home One of the most concerning parts of the pandemic is the loss of visibility for children. Teachers, coaches, doctors, nurses, are all mandated reporters and help alert when they notice something is off. This week in Newark, New Jersey the police discover a child in foster care padlocked…Continue Reading >
Jan. 20, 2021, 9:05 p.m.
The Joy and Intimacy of a Virtual AdoptionAdoption Stories
The Joy and Intimacy of a Virtual Adoption 2020 brought on a lot of firsts. As everyone adjusted to make life in the pandemic work, so many daily things went virtual, including adoptions! Today we chat with Kasey Waterman about her family’s virtual adoption. While it may not have had a room full of friends,…Continue Reading >
Jan. 20, 2021, 9:04 p.m.
A Pandemic Can’t Stop Our Forever Family
A Pandemic Can’t Stop Our Forever Family It is remarkable to think we are almost a full year into the pandemic. We are 10 long months into a new norm of isolation, work from home, and InstaCart groceries. Yet a pandemic can’t stop love and for Meagan Yost, the pandemic can’t stop her forever family…Continue Reading >
Dec. 4, 2020, 11:54 p.m.
Smile Direct Club Partners to Help Kids in Foster CareCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Smile Direct Club Partners to Help Kids in Foster Care SmileDirectClub partnered with Foster Love - Together We Rise in an effort to help kids in care build their confidence. Foster youth face countless obstacles and building self-esteem is one front that is a constant struggle for many. This October our friends at SmileDirectClub reached out and asked…Continue Reading >
Nov. 17, 2020, 4:50 p.m.
Domestic Adoption is Possible Through Foster CareResources Adoption Stories
Domestic Adoption is Possible Through Foster Care Domestic adoption is often viewed as costly and complicated. But through foster care, a domestic adoption is possible and free in almost all 50 states. Today we chat with Allison Vick Spillman about how she grew her family with domestic adoption through foster care. Q. When did You Start…Continue Reading >
Oct. 30, 2020, 10:04 p.m.
Safer at Home Holiday Stockings Are Here!Resources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Safer at Home Holiday Stockings are Here! Safer at Home Holiday Stockings are here! Many of you understand the difficulties of COVID, at Foster Love - Together We Rise we are ever more committed to bringing help to foster children, especially during this Holiday season. It is a simple way for people to get involved and give back…Continue Reading >
Oct. 23, 2020, 10:58 a.m.
Our Friends at Sticker MuleCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Our Friends at Sticker Mule The Foster Love - Together We Rise Crew is always so grateful to have friends in many organizations including Sticker Mule! As a nonprofit, we are constantly looking for ways to share our message with the community. Advocacy is the way to changing minds, hearts, and reforming the foster care system at large.…Continue Reading >
Oct. 20, 2020, 9:04 p.m.
The Joy of Adopting a Teen and a ToddlerUncategorized
The Joy of Adopting a Teen and a Toddler There is endless joy in adopting a teen but image adopting both a teen and a toddler at the same time! This is exactly what our friend Katie Irlene did to complete her forever family. Becoming a Foster Mom Katie started her journey in January of…Continue Reading >
Oct. 13, 2020, 3:38 p.m.
Giving Back Boxes are Here!Resources Philanthropy Team Building
Giving Back Boxes are Here! Giving Back Boxes are here again! Some of you may be familiar with a Foster Love - Together We Rise tradition, the Giving Back Box. It is a simple way for people to get involved and give back to children in foster care. How Does it Work? The Giving Back Box, also know…Continue Reading >
Oct. 9, 2020, 8:04 p.m.
6 Ways to Give Back During the HolidaysResources
6 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays Giving back during the holidays doesn’t have to be canceled! 2020 has taken so much but one thing it can’t stop are the do-gooders of the world. Here is a quick guide to ways you can still give back during the holidays. 1. Pass on Gifts One…Continue Reading >
Oct. 8, 2020, 3:50 p.m.
Fact: The Primary Goal of Foster Care is Family ReunificationResources
Many people struggle with accepting the primary goal of foster care is family reunification. We recently posted a graphic on our social with this fact and boy did people have something to say. We want to make sure that people understand that SAFE family reunification is the goal. The website Child Welfare Information Gateway finds…Continue Reading >
Oct. 6, 2020, 7:26 p.m.
Virtual Team Building with Verizon MediaCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Superhero Boxes
Virtual Team Building with Verizon Media Virtual team building is a great way to keep your team engaged and active. This past week we had a great time working with Verizon’s Media team on a Safer at Home Community Service Project. Since the start of the pandemic, so many people have felt disconnected and isolated,…Continue Reading >
Oct. 5, 2020, 8:52 p.m.
What is Virtual Team Building?Resources
What is Virtual Team Building? You may be hearing a lot about virtual team building. In a time when staying socially distant is important not only for the health of your family but for others. How do you plan on staying connected in the office while still maintaining your safety? One innovative way people have remained safe and connected is by participating…Continue Reading >
Oct. 2, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
The Journey of Being a Foster ParentAdoption Stories
The Journey of Being a Foster Parent The journey of being a foster parent varies from person to person. Most people become foster parents because they want to help children in their community. But often these journies don’t stop there! Today we chat with Amber Simarro about her experience being a foster parent turned forever…Continue Reading >
Oct. 1, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Girl Scouts Help with Safer At Home Service ProjectResources Philanthropy
Girl Scouts Help with Safer At Home Service Project The Girls Scouts are longtime supporters of Foster Love - Together We Rise and since COVID many troops have completed a Safer at Home Service Project. You might be wondering, what is a “Safer at Home Service Project” is. Well, since COVID we have had to get creative with…Continue Reading >
Oct. 1, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
Suicide Prevention Needed Within Foster CareResources
Suicide Prevention Needed Within Foster Care Suicide prevention is an important and very prevalent topic of conversation currently. Obviously, 2020 has brought to light many of the cracks within the foster care system. One area of concern is mental health support for foster youth and their families. With mental health being difficult to immediately identify,…Continue Reading >
Oct. 1, 2020, 6:36 a.m.
Socktober is Here Again!Resources
Socktober is Here Again! Socktober is here again! It is incredible to think that one year ago we launched our first Socktober campaign EVER! It was a great success thanks to our supporters and agency partners nationwide. What is Socktober? Some of you may be wondering, what in the world is Socktober? Well, let us…Continue Reading >
Sept. 28, 2020, 7:39 p.m.
7 Ways to Host a Fun Team Building Event on ZoomResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Events
7 Ways to Host a Fun Team Building Event on Zoom Hosting a fun team building event is hard under the best of circumstances. Now that many organizations are staying remote through the end of 2020 we have to think of even more creative ways to stay connected. The Foster Love - Together We Rise team are experts…Continue Reading >
Sept. 25, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
ALERT! Survey Finds Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care Impacted the WorstResources
ALERT! Survey Finds Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care Impacted the Worst New research from the Field Center For Policy, Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania finds young adults aging out of foster care impacted the worst during the pandemic. These findings come to no surprise to the Foster Love - Together We Rise team.…Continue Reading >
Sept. 25, 2020, 12:29 p.m.
Why Not Be A Foster Parent?Adoption Stories
Why Not Be A Foster Parent? Why not be a foster parent? When it comes to the current state of foster care, there is a huge need for foster parents. Children deserve a safe home, so what is holding you back from being a foster parent? Today we chat with Kayla Brooke about her longterm…Continue Reading >
Sept. 25, 2020, 10:26 a.m.
Gay Adoption is Beautiful: Love Makes a FamilyAdoption Stories
Gay Adoption is Beautiful: Love Makes a Family Gay adoption is beautiful and the sexual orientation of the parents doesn’t make them less or more worthy of having a loving family. Today we speak with Nick Peters Bond about how he and his husband Michael fostered to adopt their daughter. Check out our conversation about…Continue Reading >
Sept. 22, 2020, 6:21 p.m.
4 COVID Safe Ways to Team BuildResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
4 COVID Safe Ways to Team Build COVID is unrelenting! Can you believe how different work has been since March? If you are following the current upward trends in Europe, it brings concerns over how your organization will move into Q4 while in the states. One of the hardest parts of quarantine is maintaining a…Continue Reading >
Sept. 18, 2020, 4:35 p.m.
Adopting Siblings from Foster CareAdoption Stories
Adopting siblings from foster care is a great way to grow your family. For Pam Willis and her husband, the choice to adopt siblings happened because of a social media post. Raising Children Part 2 Like many families, Pam and her husband decided to start fostering when their biological children became teens. They were looking…Continue Reading >
Sept. 16, 2020, 12:20 p.m.
Team Building is Back!Resources
Team Building is Back! Team building has taken a strange turn during COVID. While zoom team building has been a thing (Foster Love - Together We Rise has done several zoom events) it is nice to get back to basics. This week our friends at Mariner Wealth Advisors hosted a COVID safe team building for good event. They were…Continue Reading >
Sept. 15, 2020, 5:35 p.m.
Foster Youth Benefit from Basic Income Pilot ProgramResources
Foster Youth Benefit from Basic Income Pilot Program Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approves a new basic income pilot program to benefit foster youth. The project was initially approved in May with the hopes of helping foster youth within Santa Clara County. This is the first basic income program of its kind in the…Continue Reading >
Sept. 14, 2020, 4:23 p.m.
URGENT! Foster Youth Need Help in SchoolResources
URGENT! Foster Youth Need Help in School We are sounding the alarm! Foster youth need your help to succeed in school. Even before COVID, children in care have had difficulties reaching academic milestones. You may be wondering why that is. How could children who are being managed in care struggle so greatly? Well, let us…Continue Reading >
Sept. 11, 2020, 4:20 p.m.
Oklahoma Launches New Website to Help Foster CareResources
Oklahoma Launches New Website to Help Foster Care The pandemic has impacted our nation in countless ways with those in foster care finding new struggles. It has become increasingly harder to navigate foster care. Children in Oklahoma are having an increasingly difficult time finding foster families. To help remedy this, the Department of Human Services…Continue Reading >
Sept. 10, 2020, 4:49 p.m.
10 Tips to Help Your Child with Distance LearningResources
10 Tips to Help Your Child with Distance Learning So many parents are redefining their stress levels with distance learning. Teaching is a difficult job on top of what most parents are already doing to support their families. So how do you help your child with distance learning? Here are our top 10 tips to…Continue Reading >
Sept. 4, 2020, 4:48 p.m.
Kids Up for Adoption Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
Kids Up for Adoption Through Foster Care Did you know there are over 125K kids up for adoption through foster care? Not only are these children in need of loving homes, in most states adoption through foster care is free! Today we chat with Stephanie Acker about the best kid in the entire world, her…Continue Reading >
Sept. 3, 2020, 2:18 p.m.
Single Parent Adoption is Possible Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
Single Parent Adoption is Possible Through Foster Care Single parent adoption is possible through foster care! Many single individuals are looking to start their families but may not know that adoption is an option for them. Today Foster Love - Together We Rise speaks with Ramos about his single parent adoption journey. Starting as a Foster Parent In…Continue Reading >
Sept. 2, 2020, 8:19 p.m.
5 Things You Should Know About FosteringResources
5 Things You Should Know About Fostering Foster Love - Together We Rise has interviewed hundreds of foster parents about their foster care journeys. While everyone has different reasons, there are still many misconceptions about fostering. So here is our list of the top 5 things you should know about fostering. 1. Support Networks are Important Becoming a…Continue Reading >
Sept. 1, 2020, 5:39 p.m.
7 Self-Care Tips for ParentsResources
7 Self-Care Tips for Parents The pandemic is still lurking, school is very different, work is very different. All of the ways you used to refresh are limited. So how do you practice self-care as a parent? Here are our top 7 self-care tips for parents and all people a like. 1. Create Boundaries The…Continue Reading >
Sept. 1, 2020, 3:43 p.m.
First Foster Home Community Opens in TexasResources
First Foster Home Community Opens in Texas The first foster home community opens in Grayson County Texas this summer. There is a huge push for foster care reform and one rising trend is foster villages and foster communities. Susie Holamon, the founder of the Geary Foster Foundation, created the first eight-home foster community outside of…Continue Reading >
Aug. 28, 2020, 8:46 p.m.
International Adoption: Loving Terminally Ill ChildrenAdoption Stories
International adoptions have been one way many have grown their families. However, it is very rare for someone to leave their life in America to support, foster, and adoption terminally ill children. Time is finite and our friend Addisyn Lopez shares with us her first-hand experience in partaking in the international adoption process to ensure…Continue Reading >
Aug. 28, 2020, 8:32 p.m.
Help Pandemic Victims in the Foster Care CommunityResources Philanthropy
Help Pandemic Victims in the Foster Care Community How can you help pandemic victims in the foster care community? This is a question that many people have asked and believe us when we say, there is some work to do. We are happy to report that so many states and organizations are working on offering…Continue Reading >
Aug. 26, 2020, 8:32 p.m.
Creative Team Building for Children During COVIDCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Sweet Cases
Creative Team Building for Children During COVID Creative team building ideas can be hard to land on in the best of times. Now that more people are getting back to “normal” how can you host a safe team building even for children? Well, lucky for you Foster Love - Together We Rise and our supporters are getting back…Continue Reading >
Aug. 26, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
Free Adoption Changes LivesAdoption Stories
Free Adoption Changes Lives Free adoption is the way we can change lives. If you weren’t aware, adoptions through foster care are free in almost all 50 states. This week we chat with Paige Sullivan Connell about her family’s free foster care adoption and how their lives have changed for the better. A Slow Start…Continue Reading >
Aug. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m.
5 Things to Remember About ReunificationResources Adoption Stories
5 Things to Remember About Reunification Reunification is the main goal of foster care. Currently, 51% of children in care are reunified with their birth parents or primary caregiver. So as a foster parent how do you cope with this? You have shared a home and love with a child that must leave. So many are…Continue Reading >
Aug. 20, 2020, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Baby Loses Foster Mom to COVIDResources
Brooklyn Baby Loses Foster Mom to COVID COVID continues to devastate families across the nation and the world. But what happens when a baby in care loses her foster mom to the virus. While this story is very heartbreaking, it does speak to family and love. Sharon Henry, 59-years-old, was hospitalized with COVID-19 in April.…Continue Reading >
Aug. 20, 2020, 6:27 p.m.
Help Adopt U.S. KidsAdoption Stories
Help Adopt US Kids Tori Brasher and her husband always wanted to adopt US kids. They both came from families who had fostered and adopted. This felt like a no brainer! So in 2015, the Brashers started their adoption journey. Meeting the Kids The Brashers received their license to foster through Children’s Home Society of…Continue Reading >
Aug. 19, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Being a Foster Mom and Changing LivesAdoption Stories
Being a Foster Mom and Changing Lives Part of being a foster mom is understanding the impression you leave on children. Today we chat with Cathleen Bearse about her family and their choice to foster and grow their family through care. One Child’s Story Cathleen Bearse and her family had been open to the idea…Continue Reading >
Aug. 18, 2020, 9:49 p.m.
Tiffany Haddish Advocates for Foster Care YouthResources Philanthropy
Tiffany Haddish Advocates for Foster Care Youth Popular comedian and former foster youth, Tiffany Haddish, is nominated for a 2020 Emmy Award for her special Black Mitzah. While this is a huge honor, she already considers herself a winner. Tiffany Haddish advocates for foster care youth and during quarantine spends time on Zoom calls with…Continue Reading >
Aug. 18, 2020, 3:11 a.m.
5 COVID Safe Date Night IdeasResources
5 COVID Safe Date Night Ideas Even before COVID, it can be hard to find time for romance as a parent. Just because we are living through a pandemic doesn’t mean we can’t reconnect with our partners. Here are our top 5 COVID safe date night ideas. 1. Backyard Movie Night A fun and COVID…Continue Reading >
Aug. 18, 2020, 3:08 a.m.
7 Parenting Lessons Learned During COVIDResources
Parenting Lessons Learned During COVID As we enter the 5th month of the pandemic we started reflecting on what we have learned. Really, think about it. Our entire lives have shifted and we keep adapting. It speaks to our resiliency as humans. Here are our staff’s top 7 parenting lessons learned during COVID. 1. Always…Continue Reading >
Aug. 18, 2020, 3:03 a.m.
Top 5 COVID Safe Outdoor Activities For The FamilyResources
Top 5 COVID Safe Outdoor Activities For The Family Everyone is feeling the heat and restlessness of the summer. As we continue to adjust to COVID and keep our families safe, we still want something fun to do. Here are our top 5 COVID safe outdoor activities to enjoy with your family. 1. Nature Hikes…Continue Reading >
Aug. 17, 2020, 6:15 p.m.
Is COVID Causing Pets to have Separation Anxiety?Resources
Is COVID Causing Pets to have Separation Anxiety? Many vets warn that as we go back to work and school our pets may exhibit signs of separation anxiety. So what is causing this? With everyone spending more time at home it has become normal for our four-legged friends to spend all day with us. While…Continue Reading >
Aug. 14, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
There are Children Waiting to be Adopted…Right Now
There are Children Waiting to be Adopted…Right Now Did you know that there are over 100,000 children waiting to be adopted through foster care? While the main goal of foster care is reunification, 1/4th of children in care have parental rights terminated. What does this mean? Well, it means that most people can look into…Continue Reading >
Aug. 13, 2020, 5:31 p.m.
The Joy of a Foster Care AdoptionAdoption Stories
The Joy of a Foster Care Adoption The joy of a foster care adoption extends to the whole community. Anytime we can help a child find a loving home it is a win for us all. Today we spoke with Cheryl about how her family found their second son through a foster care adoption. Starting…Continue Reading >
Aug. 13, 2020, 4:25 p.m.
26% of Youth in Foster Care Have Disengaged from School During PandemicResources
26% of Youth in Foster Care Have Disengaged from School During Pandemic A new survey conducted by Treehouse finds that 26% of youth in foster care have disengaged from school during the pandemic. This is one of a few shocking findings that come from the survey pointing to more need for support within the foster…Continue Reading >
Aug. 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
West Virginia Foster Care Families to Receive COVID-19 StipendResources
West Virginia Foster Care Families to Receive COVID-19 Stipend West Virginia foster care families will receive a COVID-19 stipend. Some may be wondering what prompted this stipend. Those in the foster community know first hand how their needs have changed since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. With schools closed West Virginia’s foster care families…Continue Reading >
Aug. 10, 2020, 11:54 p.m.
June Bags Wrap UpUncategorized Sweet Cases
June Bags Wrap Up Here is the June Bags update you’ve been waiting for. June Bags was a great success. We are so thankful to everyone who sponsored shipping. It is amazing how much can be done when a group of people comes together. In Case You Were Wondering This June we asked our fans,…Continue Reading >
Aug. 10, 2020, 11:48 p.m.
6 Tips for HomeschoolingResources
6 Tips for Homeschooling Are you thinking about homeschooling your children? Now that we are entering mid-summer, many parents are wondering how school will look come fall. Each state, county, city, and school district seems to have different views on how the fall will look. For those who are considering extending their children’s distance learning.…Continue Reading >
Aug. 10, 2020, 7:09 p.m.
Some Practical Advice for Teachers During COVIDResources
Some Practical Advice for Teachers During COVID Here is some practical advice for teachers during COVID from an ICU Nurse. Children are our greatest treasure. At all costs, we must ensure that they grow strong, healthy, and ready to move humanity forward. With the current pandemic, many are concerned with the role teachers play during…Continue Reading >
Aug. 7, 2020, 10:27 a.m.
EPA Adds 13 More Products To List Proven to Kill COVIDResources
EPA Adds 13 More Products To List Proven to Kill COVID The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adds 13 more products to list proven to kill COVID. The laboratory testing saw those products work effectively to kill the virus on hard surfaces. Clearly, keeping surfaces in our homes clean is always important but having the correct…Continue Reading >
Aug. 6, 2020, 2:58 p.m.
Adopting Siblings in Foster CareUncategorized
Adopting Siblings in Foster Care Adopting siblings in foster care is a great way to add to your family. Today we chat with Kris Nicole about her family’s journey becoming fosters and later to adopting siblings in foster care. Deciding to Become A Foster Family Kris Nicole’s path to becoming a foster family started when…Continue Reading >
Aug. 6, 2020, 10:43 a.m.
Foster Families Needed in Utah Because of COVIDResources
Foster Families Needed in Utah Because of COVID COVID puts a strain on Utah’s foster care system, there is an urgent need for foster families. Foster Love - Together We Rise has been advocating for people/families to help fill this urgent need nationwide. For months we have shared stories about other states and the pending influx of children…Continue Reading >
Aug. 3, 2020, 6:57 p.m.
Single Parent Adopting Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
Single Parent Adopting Through Foster Care Many single people want a family of their own. Often times the idea of a single parent adopting through foster care seems overwhelming. But for some single people, fostering to adopt is the best option. Today we chat with Kari about how she grew her family as a single…Continue Reading >
July 27, 2020, 8:51 p.m.
4 Tips to Stay COVID Safe When Taking Your Child to the DoctorResources
How to Stay COVID Safe When Taking Your Child to the Doctor COVID has most people questioning how to stay safe in every situation. This includes when making doctors’ appointments and taking children to see their pediatrician. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s Attending Physician Dr. Patel says, “I’m encouraging families to come in. It’s so important that…Continue Reading >
July 24, 2020, 8:21 p.m.
Three C's To Reduce The Spread Of COVIDResources
Three C’s To Reduce The Spread of COVID The World Health Organization recommends avoiding these three C’s to reduce the spread of COVID. Like most people, we are trying to help stop the COVID virus. But sometimes you still have to do things and live your life. School is about to start and it is…Continue Reading >
July 23, 2020, 9 p.m.
Foster Mom to Forever MomAdoption Stories
Foster Mom to Forever Mom Going from a foster Mom to a forever Mom is not easy. Family planning is difficult but sometimes getting a divorce and moving to New England can help. Well, at least that is the case of Lucille. For years Lucille wanted to adopt through foster care. Sadly, the timing was…Continue Reading >
July 22, 2020, 9:59 p.m.
Foster Siblings Find Forever HomeAdoption Stories
Foster Siblings Find Forever Home For some foster siblings, finding a forever home is a dream. More than 75% of children in care are placed in homes without their siblings. So the chances of being adopted together get smaller with each coming year. Today we chat with Christopher Pizzuto about how his family foster and…Continue Reading >
July 22, 2020, 8 p.m.
Back 2 School Packs Are HereResources Team Building
Back 2 School Packs Are Here The Back 2 School packs are here! Foster Love - Together We Rise is hoping to help 1000 children in foster care succeed in school this fall. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak our main goal is to keep kids in foster care safe. We have no idea how school…Continue Reading >
July 21, 2020, 8:55 p.m.
Tiny Houses Help Foster Youth Transition OutResources
Tiny Houses Are Help Foster Youth Transition Out Tiny houses help foster youth transition out of care in West Virginia. What happens when foster youth age out of care is scary. Currently, 1/4 of the homeless population spent time in foster care. The statistics of where aged out youth ends up is shocking. Thankfully, Stepping…Continue Reading >
July 17, 2020, 8:05 p.m.
Missouri’s Governor Signs New Foster Care Legislation
Missouri’s Governor Signs New Foster Care Legislation Missouri’s governor signs new foster care legislation into law this week. The bipartisan legislation is meant to update the system and make it more modern. There are also stipulations for Medicaid coverage to help homeless children in the state. State Rep. Sheila Solon, R-St. Joseph says, It’s going…Continue Reading >
July 16, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
Foster Care Placement Turns Into AdoptionAdoption Stories
Foster Care Placement Turns Into Adoption Sometimes, a foster care placement changes hearts and turns into an adoption. We know that the goal of foster care is reunification but 1/4 of children in care can be adopted. What happens to them? Today we share Kalista’s journey and how her foster care placement became part of her…Continue Reading >
July 15, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
7 DIY Projects To Do During COVIDResources
7 DIY Projects To Do During COVID Now that many states, counties, and cities are shutting down again, everyone has time at home. Rather than binge-watching The Office for the 12th time, we offer some DIY projects to do during COVID. 1. Rearrange Your Home Whether you are into knick-knacks or just want to refresh…Continue Reading >
July 14, 2020, 10:31 a.m.
Special Needs AdoptionAdoption Stories
Special Needs Adoption Most people go into fostering with the hopes that they can help children in need. Imagine falling in love with three little girls and committing to being their forever family. This special needs adoption through foster care is exactly what happened to the Wilkins family. Becoming Foster Parents In 2011 Paula Steve…Continue Reading >
July 13, 2020, 10 a.m.
New York Prevents Aging Out with $20 Million Family First ActResources
New York Prevents Aging Out with $20 Million Family First Act New York is helping prevent foster youth from again out of the system by reallocating Family First Act aid. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, New York state is implementing support systems to prevent homelessness among foster youth. More specifically, helping foster youth who are…Continue Reading >
July 11, 2020, 6:43 p.m.
12 Years of Helping Kids in CareResources
12 Years of Helping Kids in Care Today is Foster Love - Together We Rise’s 12th anniversary of helping kids in care!!! Yep! 12 years of helping change the way kids experience foster care. While our efforts started small, it is humbling seeing how many people from all across the nation have joined in our efforts. Changing Hearts…Continue Reading >
July 8, 2020, 8:27 p.m.
LGBT Adoption Through Foster CareResources Adoption Stories
LGBT Adoption Through Foster Care For the LGBT, adoption, even through foster care can be difficult. One of the constants in the foster journey is change. A lot can happen from one day to another and as a foster parent, you have to be prepared for that. For Ariel McCaffrey Rose and her wife, the…Continue Reading >
July 7, 2020, 11:01 p.m.
How Will Foster Care Look After COVIDResources
How Will Foster Care Look After COVID How will foster care look after COVID? This is a question that many within the foster care community are mulling over. Since we have started quarantine the drop in reports of child abuse and neglect have caused many to fear. Will the child welfare system in the U.S.…Continue Reading >
July 6, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
Adoption: Becoming a Family of 13Adoption Stories
Adoption: Becoming a Family of 13 The calling of being a foster parent transcends blood bonds. You have to be prepared to build relationships with children who might not be so open or in some cases their biological families. Reunification is the main goal of foster care and must be pursued when possible and safe.…Continue Reading >
July 3, 2020, 2:14 p.m.
The Adoption Process and Starting a FamilyResources Adoption Stories
The Adoption Process and Starting a Family Sometimes, the foster journey transforms helps inform people about the adoption process. Some foster parents solely foster because they want to help children in need. Others start fostering because they would like to start a family. Kimberly Norton and her husband began their journey because they saw a…Continue Reading >
July 1, 2020, 8:28 p.m.
Wheels For Change – Give Bikes to Kids in Care
Wheels For Change – Give Bikes to Kids in Care This July Foster Love - Together We Rise is starting the Wheels for Change campaign. The goal is to raise money to buy and ship 120 new Schwinn Bikes to kids in foster care nationwide during the month of July. You might be wondering, why bikes? Well, we…Continue Reading >
July 1, 2020, 1:57 p.m.
Infant Adoption: Growing a Family Through Foster CareUncategorized
Infant Adoption: Growing a Family Through Foster Care For some, the decision to foster doesn’t come until after they’ve started a family of their own. Caring for a child leads to the realization that there are many children in need that need someone to advocate for them. Kimberly Stark and her husband came to that…Continue Reading >
June 28, 2020, 5:37 p.m.
National Reunification Month 2020Resources
National Reunification Month 2020 June is National Reunification Month. The main goal of foster care is reunification. Based on the national median, 69.2% of children are reunified with their biological families within 12 months of entering the system. This is often overlooked by those outside of the foster care community. What an amazing fact, that…Continue Reading >
June 25, 2020, 12:11 a.m.
Interracial Families Growing Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
Interracial Families Growing Through Foster Care Many interracial families use foster care as a way to grow. The decision to become a foster parent is an important one. You choose to become responsible for vulnerable foster youth and become a role model to those who might not have had a positive influence before. Kristina Brooks…Continue Reading >
June 24, 2020, 9:24 p.m.
Babies Waiting for Adoption within Foster CareAdoption Stories
Many people underestimate how many babies are waiting for adoption with foster care. Navigating the foster care system can be intimidating regardless of the goal. Taking the time to learn about and understand the process and practices is very important. That is exactly what Kelly Reynolds and her husband did. The couple talked about the…Continue Reading >
June 23, 2020, 5:15 p.m.
Safer at Home Team Building with TCWCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building
Safer at Home Team Building with TCW This past Tuesday the Joann from TWR helped TCW with a Safer at Home team building service project. What is a Safer at Home team building service project? Welp! Since we are all still practicing social distancing everyone is having to get creative to go on with “life…Continue Reading >
June 23, 2020, 2:25 p.m.
5 Ways to Make Masks Less Scary for KidsResources
5 Ways to Make Masks Less Scary for Kids Masks can be scary for kids. Not the just Halloween masks but surgical masks worn by everyone because of COVID. Think about it. In American society face masks are a rare thing in public. Before the Coronavirus the only place masks were prevalent was in hospitals.…Continue Reading >
June 17, 2020, 8:45 p.m.
Only 3% of Foster Youth Graduate from CollegeResources Recap
Only 3% of Foster Youth Graduate from College Only 3% of foster youth graduate from college. This is not only alarming but detrimental when those same young people look for opportunities that align with their peers. Foster Love - Together We Rise is fortunate to be able to help current and former foster youth reach their academic goals…Continue Reading >
June 17, 2020, 2:25 a.m.
What Will School Look Like When Returning From COVIDResources
What Will School Look Like When Returning From COVID What will school look like when returning from COVID? This is a question on many parents’ minds. As states begin to reopen slowly we all wonder about our children. How will their school day look? What are schools doing to keep students and teachers safe? Here…Continue Reading >
June 15, 2020, 3:44 p.m.
Despite Pandemic- Georgia’s Foster Youth Graduation Rates Increase
Despite Pandemic- Georgia’s Foster Youth Graduation Rates Increase Despite the pandemic, Georgia’s foster youth graduation rates increase. Sadly, the high school graduation rates among foster youth is low. Nationally, only 50% of youth in foster care graduate from high school by age 18. This is almost 20% lower than the average high school student. What…Continue Reading >
June 15, 2020, 4 a.m.
Kids for Adoption- How Fostering Can Build New FamiliesAdoption Stories
Kids for Adoption- How Fostering Can Build New Families There are over 100,000 kids for adoption in foster care right now. Making the decision to foster requires heavy consideration. Kelly Stine and her husband understood that ever since they began talking about starting their family. Before they had biological kids they considered fostering but decided…Continue Reading >
June 14, 2020, 2:42 p.m.
The Long Term Plans of Adopting a ChildResources Adoption Stories
The Long Term Plans of Adopting a Child For some, like Kelly Skarshaug, adopting a child has always been a part of their plans. From her teenage years, Kelly knew she wanted to be an adoptive parent. The thought of helping children in need motivated her to one day become licensed. In 2014 she got…Continue Reading >
June 12, 2020, 8:39 p.m.
Maneuvering Through the Foster Care System – The House Family
Maneuvering Through the Foster Care System – The House Family For some, the complexity of maneuvering through the foster care system is enough to scare them off. Tanner House and his wife shared those concerns ever since they began to consider adoption. Although, they didn’t allow those fears to stop them from pursuing their dream…Continue Reading >
June 10, 2020, 9:29 p.m.
Adopting Teens Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
Adopting Teens Through Foster Care Adopting teens through foster care seems unlikely. Fostering to adopt is a long and uncertain road in general. Nevertheless, Brooke Coffman and her husband knew they wanted to begin their family through adoption. So in 2017, they began their journey of becoming certified for adoption. After a few months, they…Continue Reading >
June 9, 2020, 8:44 p.m.
5 Bad Habits You’ve Picked Up During COVIDResources
5 Bad Habits You’ve Picked Up During COVID What bad habits have you’ve picked up during COVID? Not exercising? Maybe wearing the same pajamas for days? Now that we are going back to work and slowly back to life, as usual, it’s time to revaluate. Here is our list of 5 bad habits picked up…Continue Reading >
June 8, 2020, 8:14 p.m.
The Importance of Supporting Children in Foster CareResources
The Importance of Supporting Children in Foster Care Some question the importance of supporting children in foster care. They are in a system and that should be enough, right? Thankfully there are people like Danielia Donohue Reidy, the Senior Community Engagement Office at Forestdale, Inc., who understands the fundamental needs of children go beyond foster…Continue Reading >
June 5, 2020, 4:24 p.m.
4 Websites to Check Out Children’s Books for FREEResources
4 Websites to Check Out Children’s Books for FREE Did you know that you can check out children’s books for free online? Reading to your children is a great way to spend time and bond. We challenge you to turn off the tv this evening and get into a book. With COVID, not everyone has…Continue Reading >
June 4, 2020, 9:23 p.m.
Meet Becky Mercer a Champion for Children in CareResources
Meet Becky Mercer a Champion for Children in Care There are currently over 430,000 children in care nationwide. To help increase awareness about the needs within the foster care community, Foster Love - Together We Rise is chatting with Becky Mercer from Lonestar Social Services. Who is Becky Mercer? Becky is a longtime advocate for children. She started…Continue Reading >
June 4, 2020, 8:15 p.m.
Adopting Children During COVID-19Adoption Stories
Adopting Children During COVID-19 Adoption can already be complicated but imagine adopting children during COVID-19. The system is flooded with children who just need a support system and one of the things that the foster care system is in dire need of is loving parents. Callie Ballie and her husband took the step of becoming foster…Continue Reading >
June 4, 2020, 5:14 p.m.
3 Ways to Talk to Children About Sad NewsResources
3 Ways to Talk to Children About Sad News We are living through unprecedented times and it is difficult to talk to children about sad news. There are many factors to consider including age and relevance. Even when speaking to other adults many people avoid hard topics. Like can get scary and it is important…Continue Reading >
June 3, 2020, 3:41 p.m.
Becoming Adoptive Parents To A Family MemberAdoption Stories
Becoming Adoptive Parents To A Family Member Today we chat with Lashay and her husband about becoming adoptive parents to a family member. Sometimes foster care doesn’t have to be provided by complete strangers. There is a process known as kinship care which allows for family members to care for children when their biological parents can’t.…Continue Reading >
June 2, 2020, 10:12 a.m.
Black Lives Matter-PeriodResources
Black Lives Matter-Period Black lives matter, period. We condemn racism in all forms. Foster Love - Together We Rise is founded on the notion that when the community unites great change is possible. We believe that children have the right to grow up in safe loving environments with dignity. Children have the right to equitable educations, health care,…Continue Reading >
May 31, 2020, 8:18 p.m.
Helping Children in Care…Because They Matter
Helping children in care is important because, well, they matter. May is Foster Care Awareness Month. To help people gain insight on the foster care community Foster Love - Together We Rise interviewed Paige Procknow, National Angels, Chief Marketing Officer. Paige began her career with National Angels in 2017. Through the organizations’ 20 chapters they serve children across…Continue Reading >
May 29, 2020, 8:21 p.m.
Different Paths to Adoptions- Jennifer’s Story
Different Paths to Adoptions- Jennifer’s Story There are different paths to adoption through the foster care system. You can choose to solely foster, provide respite care, or even adopt. For some, like Jennifer Olsen and her wife Jolene, the decision isn’t set in stone. The couple became registered foster parents in March of 2017. They…Continue Reading >
May 29, 2020, 10:32 a.m.
Understanding Contact Tracing During the Coronavirus OutbreakUncategorized Resources
Understanding Contact Tracing During the Coronavirus Outbreak Understanding contact tracing during the coronavirus outbreak is a way to contain the spread. Like many new terms we are learning, contact tracing is a hot phrase. Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have been exposed to a person afflicted with (in this case) COVID-19.…Continue Reading >
May 28, 2020, 3:42 p.m.
The Incredible Responsibility of Caring for Children in Foster CareResources
The Incredible Responsibility of Caring for Children in Foster Care There is an incredible responsibility for caring for children in foster care. Foster Love - Together We Rise is joining forces with one of their favorite foster care organizations this May for Foster Care Awareness Month. The goal is to help educate the community and advocate on behalf of…Continue Reading >
May 28, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
5 Ways to Stay Safe as We Reopen the Country During COVID-19Resources
5 Ways to Stay Safe as We Reopen the Country During COVID-19 We all want to stay safe as we reopen the country during COVID-19. Until there is a vaccine or new scientific development, it is important to remain cautious and follow CDC guidelines. As a country, we shall continue to look towards our leaders…Continue Reading >
May 26, 2020, 4:16 p.m.
Keep Your Teen From Being Bored During Summer BreakResources
Keep Your Teen From Being Bored During Summer Break How do you keep your teen from being bored during the summer break? Based on our recollection of angst-filled summers (pre-wifi) there was quite a bit to do. Here is our list of activities your teen can get into at home. Hopefully, they can help cue your…Continue Reading >
May 21, 2020, 5:35 p.m.
4 Ways to Celebrate a Graduation During COVID-19Resources
4 Ways to Celebrate a Graduation During COVID-19 Are you struggling to find a safe way to celebrate a graduation during COVID-19? Us too! Foster Love - Together We Rise loves celebrating the achievements accomplished by foster youth in our Family Fellowship program. This graduation season is obviously different. For safety purposes schools are postponing or not hosting…Continue Reading >
May 21, 2020, 2:46 p.m.
Sia Adopts Two Teens Aging Out of Foster CareResources
Sia Adopts Two Teens Aging Out of Foster Care Pop star Sia, adopts two teens aging out of foster care. The 44 year old Australian singer talked about her growing family on SiriusXM’s “The Morning Mash Up.” Tweet to Reality During interviews in 2019, Sia hinted to the media that she planned on growing her…Continue Reading >
May 19, 2020, 9:07 p.m.
Carrying on the Tradition of AdoptionAdoption Stories
Carrying on the Tradition of Adoption Adoption is beautiful and even more so when one can carry on the tradition of adoption. A lucky few get to actually experience this and Lauren Roberson is one of those lucky few. Being adopted herself, she always wanted to grow her family through adoption. So, in 2014 she…Continue Reading >
May 19, 2020, 6:44 p.m.
Take a Stay-cation During COVID-19Resources
Take a Stay-cation During COVID-19 Who wants to take a stay-cation during COVID-19? It has been over two months since people in the states started practicing social distancing. For many, it feels like longer. Time is funny that way. Now that we are approaching summer many of our vacation plans are being moved or rescheduled…Continue Reading >
May 18, 2020, 8:37 p.m.
Changing Lives Through Foster Care AdoptionAdoption Stories
Changing Lives Through Foster Care Adoption Changing lives through foster care adoption is beautiful. Life has so many unexpected twists and turns that it’s hard to be certain of a lot of things. Jaleesa Graham is a prime example of that. She began her fostering journey in January of 2016. At the beginning, she didn’t…Continue Reading >
May 13, 2020, 2:52 p.m.
7 Tips to Help Children with Distant Learning During COVID-19Resources
7 Tips to Help Children with Distant Learning During COVID-19 Do you need some tips on how to help your children with distant learning during COVID-19? With many states still keeping schools closed. The return to traditional education is uncertain at this time. It seems parents may still be in charge of their children’s distant…Continue Reading >
May 12, 2020, 8:22 p.m.
3 Fun Family Movies About Kids in Foster Care Streaming NowResources
3 Fun Family Movies About Kids in Foster Care Streaming Now Do you want to watch fun family movies about kids in foster care? The hardest part of streaming movie services is agreeing on what to watch. Especially right now when everyone is staying at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Don’t fret, we have created…Continue Reading >
May 11, 2020, 4:17 p.m.
National Bike Month- Schwinn PartnershipCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
National Bike Month- Schwinn Partnership May is not only National Foster Care Awareness Month but it is also National Bike Month. This is a very special month because it hits two things we love the most. Helping foster youth and giving bikes to foster youth. Foster Love - Together We Rise and Schwinn Schwinn started their partnership with…Continue Reading >
May 8, 2020, 4:19 p.m.
5 Steps to Reopening During COVID-19Resources Team Building
5 Steps to Reopening During COVID-19 As states begin reopening during COVID-19 we offer some insight on best practices to consider before the team returns. Obviously, the threat of the COVID-19 virus has not diminished. But we should be proactive about keeping ourselves, our teams, and our supporters safe as we reopen. Based on CAL…Continue Reading >
May 7, 2020, 9:18 p.m.
Why Choose a Foster Care AdoptionAdoption Stories
Why choose a foster care adoption? There are so many endless reasons to foster and adopt through foster care. Today we chat with Sarah E. about why her family chose a foster care adoption. Knowing from the Start Sara always knew she would foster. She talked about the experience that sparked the desire. In high…Continue Reading >
May 7, 2020, 9 p.m.
The Beauty of Reunification and Adoption Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
The Beauty of Reunification and Adoption Through Foster Care Only a few people experience both the beauty of reunification and adoption through foster care. Today we chat with Cait about her family’s choice to foster and their experience with reunification and adoption. 3 Girls Before the Ink Dried Cait and her partner found out they…Continue Reading >
May 7, 2020, 2:16 p.m.
Honeycomb Partnership for National Foster Care Awareness and Bike MonthResources
Honeycomb Partnership for National Foster Care Awareness and Bike Month Honeycomb partnered with Foster Love - Together We Rise this May for National Foster Care Awareness and Bike Month. We are so grateful for their commitment to kids in care nationwide. Their $50,000 donation will provide bikes to foster youth helping give them freedom disguised as transportation. Why…Continue Reading >
May 6, 2020, 4:20 p.m.
Preventing Harm to Foster Youth During COVID-19Uncategorized Resources
Preventing Harm to Foster Youth During COVID-19 Preventing harm to foster youth during COVID-19 starts with identifying those in need. Current and former foster youth are at high risk of becoming homeless. Right now, 50% of the homeless population in the United States have spent time in the foster system. Within 18 months of emancipation, 40-50%…Continue Reading >
May 1, 2020, 12:57 p.m.
Foster Care Awareness Month 2020Resources
Foster Care Awareness Month 2020 Foster Care Awareness month is in May. This year things are strange, with the COVID-19 outbreak and everyone practicing social distancing. Obviously, it puts a damper on big events, service projects, and get-togethers. This year we ask you to join us in our emergency efforts supporting foster youth and their…Continue Reading >
April 30, 2020, 7:57 p.m.
Transitioning Back To Work During COVID-19Resources
Transitioning Back To Work During COVID-19 Transitioning back to work during COVID-19 may be stressful for both you and your family. Because the virus is unseen, it can transfer while people are asymptomatic, and it can live on surfaces. It just becomes more frightening. Many states are still unsure when children will be back in…Continue Reading >
April 29, 2020, 6:39 p.m.
5 FREE Things To Do While You’re HomeResources
5 FREE Things To Do While You’re Home Most American’s are spending the majority of their time at home. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak, we may be home for a while. With so many out of work, what can we do for free while at home? Here is Foster Love - Together We Rise’s list…Continue Reading >
April 27, 2020, 9:41 p.m.
Adopting a Baby: The Stewart FamilyAdoption Stories
Adopting a Baby: The Stewart Family Adopting a baby through foster care can be a long process. Especially since the goal of foster care is reunification. Today we talk with the Stewart family about their experience with adopting a baby through foster care. Becoming Foster Parents The Stewart’s journey started roughly six years ago. They…Continue Reading >
April 26, 2020, 8:34 p.m.
Fostering to Adopt an Infant: Jacqueline’s Story
Fostering to Adopt an Infant: Jacqueline’s Story Fostering to adopt an infant can be a long journey. With all foster to adoption stories, this one has unique insight on medical needs in infants. Today we chatted with Jacqueline about her family’s journey through foster care. Meeting a Tiny Baby This story starts on March 23rd,…Continue Reading >
April 24, 2020, 8:45 p.m.
DNA Doesn’t Make A Family- Love Does
DNA Doesn’t Make A Family- Love Does DNA doesn’t make a family, love does. This is a very simple statement and yet it is so powerful. Especially, to all of the families that have grown through adoption, marriage, or fostering. This week we chat with Tierra about her family’s choice to grow through fostering. The…Continue Reading >
April 22, 2020, 7:08 p.m.
Tour SoCal Museums for Free During COVIDResources
Tour SoCal Museums for Free During COVID Tour SoCal museums for free during COVID. With everything closed, everyone’s home, it is getting harder to experience new things. So how are you bidding your time on lockdown? Netflix? Take a break from the typical and take some digital tours of some of the best museums in…Continue Reading >
April 21, 2020, 6:35 p.m.
COVID Causes an Increased Need for Foster FamiliesResources
COVID Causes an Increased Need for Foster Families The COVID outbreak causes an increased need for foster families. We have been following the call from several states including Texas, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Georgia, to name a few. The full scope of damage COVID is causing in the foster care community is only starting.…Continue Reading >
April 20, 2020, 3:05 p.m.
COVID Shut Down Limits Visitations from Biological ParentsResources
COVID Shut Down Limits Visitations from Biological Parents COVID shut down limits visitations from biological parents to their children in care. Obviously, each state, county, and foster agency have varying policies. But many biological parents are no longer able to see their children for visitations due to safer at home restrictions. Destabilizing Support The purpose…Continue Reading >
April 16, 2020, 8:23 p.m.
The Joy of Adopting Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
The Joy of Adopting Through Foster Care Today we chat with Arthur about the joy of adopting through foster care. His foster care adoption journey started with their first son, Jordan on November 9th, 2017. But before it was official, Arthur’s family went on a foster care adventure. The Beginning of Adopting Through Foster Care…Continue Reading >
April 16, 2020, 8:17 p.m.
A Drop in Child Abuse Reporting During COVID-19 is DeceitfulResources
A Drop in Child Abuse Reporting During COVID-19 is Deceitful Many counties and states are saying there is a drop in child abuse reporting since the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to stress that this drop is very misleading and troublesome. The LAist reported that since mid-March, L.A. County has seen a 40-60% decrease in the…Continue Reading >
April 15, 2020, 4:51 p.m.
California Leads the way in Foster Care Support During COVID-19Resources
California Leads the way in Foster Care Support During COVID-19 California leads the way in foster care support during COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Newsom announced a new project investing $42 million to protect foster youth and their families. This is part of Newsom’s plan to help vulnerable populations impacted by the coronavirus. $42 Million in Foster…Continue Reading >
April 14, 2020, 3:08 p.m.
5 Simple Ways to Self-Care During the OutbreakUncategorized Resources
5 Simple Ways to Self-Care During the Outbreak Things don’t seem to be getting easier and self-care during the outbreak is so important. Many people are managing a huge shift away from their regular life. So how does one practice self-care during the outbreak? What does self-care even look like when you’re in a house…Continue Reading >
April 10, 2020, 10:15 a.m.
Adopting as a Single Parent- Lisa’s Story
Adopting as a Single Parent- Lisa’s Story Adopting as a single parent may seem like a choice full of obstacles and challenges. For Lisa Ho, she decided that being single and fostering had to be a part of her journey. She took the step most won’t and it changed her life for the better. Becoming…Continue Reading >
April 10, 2020, 2:39 a.m.
Foster to Adopt Ohio: Kate’s Story
Foster to Adopt Ohio: Kate’s Story Kate Wehnes and her family began their foster to adopt Ohio journey right after Kate graduated college. She went through the training and in 2012 the family began fostering. At first, the family only participated in respite care. That means that they never really had a long-term placement. They…Continue Reading >
April 8, 2020, 6:20 p.m.
Texas Anticipates an Increased Need for Foster Families After COVID-19 OutbreakResources
Texas Anticipates an Increased Need for Foster Families After COVID-19 Outbreak Some Texas groups anticipate an increased need for foster families after the COVID-19 outbreak subsides. There is a concern that the numbers of neglected and abused children will mount because of the pandemic. In anticipation, many foster agencies are calling for more families to…Continue Reading >
April 7, 2020, 8:01 p.m.
4 Ways to Help Your Children Cope with COVID-19Resources
4 Ways to Help Your Children Cope with COVID-19 Finding ways to help your children cope with COVID-19 can be difficult. Not all children are anxious or the same age. How does one explain such a complex issue without causing trauma? Here are our top 4 tips to help your children cope with COVID-19. 1.…Continue Reading >
April 6, 2020, 7:18 p.m.
DIY Cloth Face Masks TutorialResources
DIY Cloth Face Masks Tutorial Many cities are moving to enforce face masks in public. Many people are wondering, where can you find a mask when they are scarce? Today Foster Love - Together We Rise will walk you through making your own DIY face mask at home! But first, mask safety! How to Wear a DIY Face…Continue Reading >
April 4, 2020, 6:19 a.m.
A Legacy of Foster to Adopt MontanaAdoption Stories
A Legacy of Foster to Adopt Montana Some people are exposed to the foster care system early on in life just like Shana Smith. At the age of 16, Shana’s family decided to start fostering. When she turned 19 her parents finished the process of adopting her brother. She saw first-hand what the process consisted…Continue Reading >
April 3, 2020, 5:28 a.m.
How Former Foster Youth Navigate the COVID-19 OutbreakResources
How Former Foster Youth Navigate the COVID-19 Outbreak As the pandemic continue we wonder how former and current foster youth are managing. The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting everyone, especially vulnerable groups. As we work towards reducing the spread, we are interviewing former foster youth about their experience. This week we speak with Sara S. a…Continue Reading >
April 2, 2020, 5:35 a.m.
Foster to Adoption LA- The Smith FamilyAdoption Stories
Foster to Adoption LA- The Smith Family Foster to adoption in LA can take time. Children in the foster care system deserve more than what the system can provide for them. They all deserve a safe, supportive, loving home. The Smith family recognized this injustice and decided to try to help the best way they…Continue Reading >
March 30, 2020, 9:55 p.m.
COVID-19 Court Closures Impacting Foster YouthResources
COVID-19 Court Closures Impacting Foster Youth COVID-19 court closures are impacting foster youth on several levels as people across America are taking efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19/coronavirus. A practice currently in place in California and other states is the “Safer at Home” initiative. With this practice, many places of work continue to…Continue Reading >
March 27, 2020, 4:02 p.m.
Struggles with Fertility Turn into Foster Care Adoption JoyAdoption Stories
Struggles with Fertility Turn into Foster Care Adoption Joy After years of struggling with fertility, Teri and her husband turned to foster care. In February of 2015 they became licensed foster parents. Teri herself had been adopted at a very young age. The couple knew that they eventually wanted to adopt siblings. On their 10th…Continue Reading >
March 25, 2020, 8:23 p.m.
Foster Youth Fighting the CoronavirusResources
Foster Youth Fighting the Coronavirus As the coronavirus outbreak continues we wanted to share how foster youth is impacted. Today we spoke with one of our Family Fellowship scholars Bryanna about her experience helping fight the coronavirus in Detroit, MI. Some Insight on Bryanna We meet Bryanna when she became part of our Family Fellowship…Continue Reading >
March 24, 2020, 8:20 p.m.
4 Ways to Team Build Through TelecommunicationResources
4 Ways to Team Build Through Telecommunication How does your work team build through telecommunication? The work norm for many companies, including Foster Love - Together We Rise, just took a hard shift. Our in house team of 30 people is now working from home indefinitely. We now are internally dependent on technology to communicate. So how does…Continue Reading >
March 23, 2020, 6:23 p.m.
7 Fun Activities for Kids at Home During the Coronavirus OutbreakResources
7 Fun Activities for Kids at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak With the kids at home during the coronavirus outbreak, life is feeling tense. The health and wellbeing of foster children is our number one priority as an organization. We send our deepest condolences to those families impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. With so much…Continue Reading >
March 20, 2020, 5:58 p.m.
5 Ways COVID-19/Coronavirus is Impacting Foster YouthResources
5 Ways COVID-19/Coronavirus is Impacting Foster Youth As we continue to experience the uncertainty of the COVID-19/Coronavirus. We must consider how it impacts a group that so often goes unheard and unseen. Foster youth. As longtime advocates for current and aged-out foster youth, we want to bring to light some of the immediate ways COVID-19/Coronavirus…Continue Reading >
March 19, 2020, 7:39 p.m.
Be an Advocate for Foster Youth During the COVID-19 OutbreakResources
Be an Advocate for Foster Youth During the COVID-19 Outbreak Be an advocate for foster youth during the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak. This is our biggest ask to our supporters and beyond. Foster youth are a vulnerable group, they are unseen and often unheard. Here are some ways to advocate for foster youth during this uncertain time.…Continue Reading >
March 18, 2020, 7:06 p.m.
Adopting a Teen Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
Adopting a Teen Through Foster Care Adopting a teen through foster care is not a common story. This week we chat with Crystal Ivy and her husband about their experience adopting a teen through foster care. Crystal Ivy and her husband are longtime foster parents. They relocated from Alaska to Michigan in support of Crystal’s…Continue Reading >
March 18, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Becoming Parents Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
Becoming Parents Through Foster Care Back in 2016, Ami Woodyard and her husband began the journey of becoming parents through foster care. They decided that they wanted to grow their family further. If a child in their care needed someone to fight for them then they knew they could step in and help. They had…Continue Reading >
March 16, 2020, 4:14 p.m.
JetBlue is Helping Foster Youth with TravelPhilanthropy
JetBlue is Helping Foster Youth with Travel JetBlue is helping foster youth with travel home during the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 college campuses nationwide have closed. This includes closing dorms and student housing. Sadly, this is impacting students who are former foster youth. How JetBlue is Helping Foster Youth There…Continue Reading >
March 14, 2020, 4:50 p.m.
West Virginia Senate Passes Foster Care BillResources
West Virginia Senate Passes Foster Care Bill West Virginia Senate Passes Foster Care bill. The bill allows foster parents who adopt children with special needs may soon get more money. As part of the wide-ranging proposal passed Friday by the West Virginia Senate to reduce the state’s overburdened foster care system. Bi-Partisan Vote Moves The…Continue Reading >
March 14, 2020, 3:46 a.m.
Fertility Struggles Turn Into Adoption HopeAdoption Stories
Fertility Struggles Turn Into Adoption Hope For many, fertility struggles turn into adoption hope. This week we chat with Paige D’arpini about her choice to foster to adopt. Growing A Family Starting a family is a huge decision and it can be accomplished through a number of ways. Paige D’arpini and her husband decided they…Continue Reading >
March 13, 2020, 4:50 p.m.
Important Coronavirus COVID-19 Foster Youth UpdateResources
Important Coronavirus COVID-19 Foster Youth Update To All Our Supporters, We are aware of the ongoing issues regarding the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak and the challenges it brings for all of us. Our team at Foster Love - Together We Rise expresses deep sympathy for all those who may be affected by the virus. The health and safety of the…Continue Reading >
March 13, 2020, 3:34 a.m.
How Does Foster Care Adoption Work?Adoption Stories
How Does Foster Care Adoption Work? Some wonder, how does foster care adoption work? This week we chat with Mandie Francisco and her family about their growth through foster care. How It All Started In 2012 Mandie Francisco and her husband gained the inspiration to foster after their friends shared their experience. It brought a…Continue Reading >
March 9, 2020, 6:44 p.m.
Team Building in Dallas with TrintechTeam Building Build A Board Building Bikes
Team Building in Dallas with Trintech This week we spent some time team building in Dallas with the Trintech team. One way we help kids in foster care is through charitable team building events hosted by our partners. This allows people to make a difference in the lives of kids who live in their community.…Continue Reading >
March 5, 2020, 11:01 p.m.
Greeting Cards For Adoption CommunityResources
Greeting Cards For Adoption Community Adoptionly Yours fills the need for greeting cards specific to the adoption community. The Tampa mom team, Stacy Clark and Jayne Alfieri started their company to change the narrative on adoption. The Start of Adoptionly Yours Stacy Clark and Jayne Alfieri both adopted their daughters over a decade ago. With…Continue Reading >
March 5, 2020, 8:34 p.m.
Foster to Adopt Ohio: Gaby’s Story
Foster to Adopt Ohio: Gaby’s Story Gaby Glaser had a unique perspective on how foster to adopt in Ohio works. Growing up she lived in a home with foster siblings and even 5 adopted ones! She is now a supervisor at the Department of Child Services. She’s seen first-hand the hardships that some of these…Continue Reading >
March 4, 2020, 3:24 p.m.
A Bright Future For Texas Kids in Foster CareResources
A Bright Future For Texas Kids in Foster Care There is a bright future for Texas kids in foster care. This week Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott met with employers, community advocates, and the Texas Workforce Commission. The meeting focused on bringing awareness to foster youth. Currently, the TWC provides support to 18 Foster Youth…Continue Reading >
March 3, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
When Do You Know You’re Ready to Foster?
When Do You Know You’re Ready to Foster? When do you know you’re ready to foster? We recently received a copy of the handwritten letter from a child professing their goal to foster. A beautiful note! One that got us thinking about how others chose to become foster/adoptive parents. So, to help give us more…Continue Reading >
March 1, 2020, 5:18 p.m.
Corporate Team Building Activities with AIGCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Birthday Box
Corporate Team Building Activities with AIG Corporate team building activities are a great way to re-energize your team. This week our team flew out to New York City to work with one of our favorite partners AIG. They hosted corporate team building activities to benefit local kids in foster care. Why are Corporate Team Building…Continue Reading >
Feb. 27, 2020, 10:20 p.m.
Kids in Foster Care Celebrate Their Birthdays with JetBlueCorporate Social Responsibility Events
Kids in Foster Care Celebrate Their Birthdays with JetBlue JetBlue is turning 20 this year! To celebrate they are helping kids in foster care celebrate their birthdays too. This week we flew out to Orlando for our first joint birthday party of the year. Not even the rain could damper this party of parties! Why…Continue Reading >
Feb. 27, 2020, 9:03 p.m.
Foster to Adopting Teens: Casey’s Journey
Foster to Adopting Teens: Casey’s Journey Foster to adopting teens is not as common as it should be. Sometimes the decision to adopt comes naturally just like it came for Casey Douglas and her husband. They knew they did not want to have biological children. Instead, they wanted to start their family through adoption. In late…Continue Reading >
Feb. 26, 2020, 8:19 p.m.
Outdoor Team Building with BenevityCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Build A Board
Outdoor Team Building with Benevity This is our second annual outdoor team building event with Benevity. It is amazing to see how many do-gooders exist! We all gathered in Palm Springs for their 2020 CSR and Sustainability Conference. The 7th Annual Goodness Matters Conference Benevity is the global leader in CSR and employee engagement software.…Continue Reading >
Feb. 23, 2020, 4:47 p.m.
Foster Care and Adoption Legislation 2020Resources
Foster Care and Adoption Legislation 2020 Foster Love - Together We Rise is always searching for new ways to help lift the voices of foster youth. As we approach election season there are several bills up for vote to help improve foster care and adoption legislation. While we can’t always help kids in care every day. Voting for…Continue Reading >
Feb. 20, 2020, 10:55 p.m.
Foster Care to Success- The Newman FamilyAdoption Stories
Foster Care to Success- The Newman Family One foster care success story is a forever home ending. Sometimes the bigger picture doesn’t happen all at once but instead, it happens in pieces. Sydney Newman and her husband began their adoption journey back in January of 2018. They started with the intention to solely adopt. By…Continue Reading >
Feb. 20, 2020, 10:45 p.m.
Why is Social Responsibility Important?Resources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Why is Social Responsibility Important? Why is social responsibility important? Well, there are several obvious reasons, breaking monotony, lifting spirits, cultivating friendship. But the most important reason is to increase positive culture within an organization. Just think about it. People spend more time at work than with their families!!! The 40-hour workweek is almost a…Continue Reading >
Feb. 19, 2020, 6:03 p.m.
5 Tax Breaks for ParentsResources
5 Tax Breaks for Parents Tax season is here! A time of stress for many, especially if you are looking for ways to offset owing taxes to the IRS. Luckily, there are several tax breaks offered to parents. As you compile your documents and get ready to file there are 5 major tax breaks for…Continue Reading >
Feb. 18, 2020, 11:38 p.m.
Five Things Kids in Foster Care NeedResources
Recently, social media platforms saw a viral post about donating used luggage to kids in foster care. This post helps inform the public about how kids in foster care typically get a trash bag to move. One point of misinformation from this post is that many foster agencies don’t have enough storage. When placements come…Continue Reading >
Feb. 17, 2020, 12:04 a.m.
15 Things You Should Know Before FosteringUncategorized Resources
15 Things You Should Know Before Fostering When becoming foster parents there is what you picture. Then, there is the reality of foster parents. We polled our followers and came up with this list of the top things foster parents wish they knew before fostering. 1. Love Fully A piece of your heart will go…Continue Reading >
Feb. 14, 2020, 5:40 p.m.
The Importance of Team Building: LifeRayTeam Building
The Importance of Team Building: LifeRay The importance of team building isn’t as subjective as you’d like to think. We recently spent time with LifeRay and saw the impact of team building in real-time. There is true connectivity between team members and the greater community. These moments strengthen not only the organization but the individual.…Continue Reading >
Feb. 11, 2020, 11:12 p.m.
Team Building for Large GroupsCorporate Social Responsibility
Team Building for Large Groups Team building with large groups can seem overwhelming. So many people to organize. Researching rentals or large spaces. Find affordable catering. The list can go on and on. We recently met with the managers from Publix markets for a HUGE team build with over 1,200 people. Let us tell you…Continue Reading >
Feb. 11, 2020, 4:14 p.m.
Kinship Foster Care to Adoption: The Davis FamilyAdoption Stories
Kinship Foster Care to Adoption: The Davis Family Kinship foster care adoption is more common than you think. Hattie Davis and her husband began their kinship adoption journey back in 2017. On October 3, 2017 CWS removed her niece and nephew from their home. As soon as the couple found out they knew that they…Continue Reading >
Feb. 10, 2020, 3:26 p.m.
Adoption Through Foster Care Program: Kimber’s Story
Adoption Through Foster Care Program: Kimber’s Story It just takes the right placement for a kid and parent to consider adoption through foster care. Kimber Robinson and her husband were just the right placement for two siblings, a toddler and an infant. They came into their care in February of 2018. The siblings had been…Continue Reading >
Feb. 9, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
6 Things to Consider Before Fostering or Adopting a ChildResources
6 Things to Consider Before Fostering or Adopting a Child Congratulations! You are finally making the moves to become a foster or adoptive parent. With almost half a million children in foster care and a quarter of them ready for adoption. This is a needed and welcomed move. Before you submit your paperwork read our…Continue Reading >
Feb. 6, 2020, 5:31 p.m.
Siblings Searching for a Forever FamilyResources
Siblings Searching for a Forever Family Four siblings are searching for a forever family. With more than 70% of siblings in care separated by different placements. One can see why these sweet children want a forever family quickly. Who Are These Children? The sibling set of four consists of Adarious, Jayonna, Douglass, and Jaycee. Adarious…Continue Reading >
Feb. 5, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
Team Building Activities for AdultsResources Corporate Social Responsibility Team Building Build A Board Building Bikes
Team Building Activities for Adults Finding team building activities for adults can be stressful. This week we helped Tarkett and their team in Arlington, Texas with orchestrating team building activities for adults. The team of 55 people came together for a fun bike and skateboard build for foster kids. Who is Tarkett? The Tarkett group…Continue Reading >
Feb. 5, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Foster to Adopt Process: Michaela’s Journey
Foster to Adopt Process: Michaela’s Journey The foster to adopt process varies from family to family. In December of 2017, Michaela Kalisch and her husband received a call that would change their lives forever. The call notified them that two boys needed a home and the couple immediately knew the boys were going to be…Continue Reading >
Feb. 3, 2020, 11:10 p.m.
Love Makes a Family: Support Foster FamiliesResources
Love Makes a Family: Support Foster Families Valentine’s Day is typically seen as a romantic holiday. A day full of chocolates, roses, and time spent with that special someone. While Foster Love - Together We Rise focuses on helping foster youth, we believe in the transversal properties of helping foster parents. This Valentine’s Day, we are showing our…Continue Reading >
Feb. 3, 2020, 3:14 p.m.
How to Adopt from Foster Care: Amber’s Story
How to Adopt from Foster Care: Amber’s Story How to adopt from foster care? For some, the decision to adopt can take years and for others, it can take seconds. From the young age of 15 Amber Davis she would adopt. Years later she married someone who had the same perspective about adoption as her.…Continue Reading >
Jan. 31, 2020, 7:19 p.m.
Provide Kentucky Kids in Foster Care a Stable EducationResources
Provide Kentucky Kids in Foster Care a Stable Education New legislation to help provide Kentucky kids in foster care with stable educations. Like in many states, Kentucky kids in foster care struggle with their education. There are several reasons including varying placements, resulting in new homes and schools. How to Provide Kentucky Kids in Foster…Continue Reading >
Jan. 31, 2020, 1:09 p.m.
Volunteering on MLK Day: Texas TechTeam Building Sweet Cases
Volunteering on MLK Day: Texas Tech Volunteering on MLK Day is a great way to honor and support the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This January the Texas Tech staff and student-athletes came together to support kids in foster care with a Sweet Case build. More than a Federal Holiday MLK Day is…Continue Reading >
Jan. 30, 2020, 2:59 p.m.
Growing Up in Foster Care: Ana’s Story
Growing Up in Foster Care: Ana’s Story Growing up in foster care is a reality for thousands of youths in America. Today we were fortunate to chat with former foster youth and advocate Ana Felix about her experience. Ana spent 12 years in care in 13 different placements. As an adult, Ana makes advocacy a…Continue Reading >
Jan. 29, 2020, 8:59 p.m.
Foster Care Stories: Tori Landis MartinAdoption Stories
Foster Care Stories: Tori Landis Martin Foster care stories vary from family to family. Tori Landis Martin and her husband had their small family of two more than doubled in December 2017. Their very first placement consisted of 3 siblings! In a matter of days, they went from taking care of only their needs to…Continue Reading >
Jan. 23, 2020, 3:50 p.m.
Foster to Adopting Infants: Delora’s Journey
Foster to Adopting Infants: Delora’s Journey Foster to adopting infants can be an intense journey. Life changed in an instant for Delora Beech and her husband. The trajectory of their entire lives changed over the course of one night. They received a call on the night of November 10, 2015, that they didn’t expect. Opening…Continue Reading >
Jan. 23, 2020, 3:43 p.m.
Foster to Adopt Texas: Lisa’s Story
Foster to Adopt Texas: Lisa’s Story Foster to adopt in Texas may be a different process from other states but the pull of love is always the same. Making the decision to foster children isn’t an easy one, especially for a single teacher. Lisa made the life-changing decision to become a foster parent back in…Continue Reading >
Jan. 22, 2020, 8:56 p.m.
Oregon’s Foster Care in Overhaul
Foster Care Overhaul in Oregon Consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal granted 3.5 million to overhaul Oregon’s foster care system. Thanks to Governor Kate Brown, a movement began in April 2019 to take action against the problems stemming from the Department of Human Services and the agencies that manage the state’s foster care system. Areas of…Continue Reading >
Jan. 22, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Team Building Games with Great ClipsCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Sweet Cases
Team Building Games with Great Clips This week the Foster Love - Together We Rise team met up with Great Clips for fun team building games. As we continue our mission to help kids in foster care we’ve improved our team building service projects. The Great Clips team opted to partake in our classic Sweet Case duffle bag…Continue Reading >
Jan. 21, 2020, 4 p.m.
5 Reasons Why LGBTQA+ Identifying People Make Wonderful Foster Parents Resources
5 Reasons Why LGBTQA+ Identifying People Make Wonderful Foster Parents There are many strong opinions about what makes a family. We are firm believers in love being the truest factor. Children in care need many things but above all, they need a safe loving family. Today we chat with Jessi and Millie about love…Continue Reading >
Jan. 19, 2020, 11:27 p.m.
Foster to Adopt Process: BeckyAdoption Stories
Foster to Adopt Process: Becky Becky and her husband started the foster to adopt process back in 2015. They both knew that they wanted to be foster parents from the beginning. Becky was exposed to the different processes very early on. Her best friend in kindergarten was adopted and her friend’s parents also fostered their…Continue Reading >
Jan. 18, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
STEM Saturday LaunchEvents
STEM Saturday Launch There are some BIG things in the works. One of them being our new STEM initiatives. You may be wondering. What in the world is STEM? Well STEM is an anacronym for Science-Technology-Engineering-Math. Because children in care often struggle with school and lack of extracurricular activities we’ve started working on solutions. The…Continue Reading >
Jan. 16, 2020, 4:21 p.m.
Adopt from Foster Care: Amy’s Story
Adopt from Foster Care: Amy’s Story This week we hear from Amy about how to adopt from foster care. She shares her path to motherhood through her adoption story: As a 27-year-old single woman, adoption was Amy’s first choice. Her whole adult life consisted of getting herself ready for adopting one day. When 2013 came…Continue Reading >
Jan. 13, 2020, 5:17 p.m.
Tennessee Expanding Paid Family LeaveUncategorized
Tennessee Expanding Paid Family Leave Tennessee is expanding paid family leave. Sitting Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced a plan on Tuesday, January 7th to offer up to 12 weeks of paid annual family leave for state workers. This would be applicable for state workers who are experiencing varying events like parental leave, for birth, adoption,…Continue Reading >
Jan. 12, 2020, 12:43 a.m.
7 Things You Should Not Say To Aged Out Foster YouthResources
7 Things You Should Not Say To Aged Out Foster Youth Growing up in foster care is not always easy. Imagine aging out and not having a familiar support system? Who do you call when you get sick? Who helps you open a bank account? How do you get an apartment? In this day and…Continue Reading >
Jan. 9, 2020, 12:54 a.m.
6 Ways to Help Kids in Foster Care in 2020Resources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
6 Ways to Help Kids in Foster Care in 2020 Happy 2020 everyone! We are sure you have some great goals you plan on crushing this year. We do too! Hopefully, in your 2020 plans, you have included being more active with your activism, helping your community, and doing more for kids in foster care.…Continue Reading >
Jan. 8, 2020, 5:26 a.m.
Foster to Adopt: Shantelle’s Story
Foster to Adopt: Shantelle’s Story Foster to adopt, these stories vary greatly. Currently, there are 433,495 kids in foster care and 1,200 enter the system every single day. With this massive amount of children without parents, there is a need for families to open up their homes to foster or adopt. This is something that…Continue Reading >
Jan. 7, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Foster Kids for Adoption: The HuttonsAdoption Stories
Foster Kids for Adoption: The Huttons There are thousands of foster kids for adoption. Adopting a child of your own comes with a unique set of challenges. The process can consist of plenty of excitement, but also sadness. Overall, the joy that it gives to both the parents and child helps to overcome all obstacles.…Continue Reading >
Jan. 6, 2020, 5:56 p.m.
Adoption Through Foster Care at Record HighResources
Adoption Through Foster Care at Record High Adoption through foster care is at a record high within the U.S. Many attribute this growth to the continued opioid crisis. But also to the efforts of states for promoting adoption through foster care. The Pew Trust reports that in 2018 more than 63,000 children in foster care…Continue Reading >
Dec. 29, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
The 2019 Year End Wrap UpEvents
The 2019 Year End Wrap Up Can you believe it?!?!? 2019 is over and we helped so many kids in foster care together! It is amazing to reflect on all of the wonderful people we’ve worked with and the projects we have accomplished. Since this is the 2019 end of the year wrap up, we…Continue Reading >
Dec. 29, 2019, 1:38 a.m.
2019 Self-Esteem Building Holiday Shopping SpreesEvents
2019 Self-Esteem Building Holiday Shopping Sprees Self-esteem building holiday shopping sprees are a part of our origin story. One of the first major campaigns we worked on was traveling around the U.S. giving teens in foster care access to pop-up shopping sprees. The reason we continue to raise funds and commitment to self-esteem building holiday…Continue Reading >
Dec. 23, 2019, 9:38 p.m.
Simple Team Building Activities with ZipRecruiterCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Build A Board
Simple Team Building Activities with ZipRecruiter We love simple team building activities! Especially ones that allow us to hang out with our friends at ZipRecruiter. As Foster Love - Together We Rise continues to grow, one area we always excel in is hosting fun and simple team builds. This week we were able to spend some time out…Continue Reading >
Dec. 22, 2019, 4:25 a.m.
Adopting Through Foster Care: Jeena’s Story
Adopting Through Foster Care: Jeena’s Story Adopting through foster care is also the path in kinship adoption. A kinship adoption is the placement of a child with relatives, grandparents, or friends of the family. This is the route Jeena Wilder decided to go on. Jeena was already a busy mother of three but that didn’t…Continue Reading >
Dec. 22, 2019, 4:09 a.m.
Siblings are Better TogetherResources Adoption Stories
Siblings are Better Together Siblings are better together, at least that is one point we can all agree on. This winter the Melton family of Oklahoma City took this idea to heart. The Melton family of five did not have plans to grow but life had another plan. Learning a Hard Truth on TV Last…Continue Reading >
Dec. 22, 2019, 4:06 a.m.
The Joy of Adopting a TeenResources Adoption Stories
The Joy of Adopting a Teen The joy of adopting a teen is often overlooked. 80% of children adopted through foster care are under the age of seven. The older a child gets, the slimmer their chances of finding a forever gets. However, the 44th Circuit Court in Howell, Michigan, showed the community the true…Continue Reading >
Dec. 22, 2019, 4:05 a.m.
Instagram has a New Favorite FamilyResources Adoption Stories
Instagram has a New Favorite Family Instagram has a new favorite family for you to follow and they are beyond cute. Meet Luca Tranpanese, 41 and his daughter through adoption Alba. Their lives changed forever in July of 2017 when they said yes to their new family together. A Rough Start for Our Favorite Family…Continue Reading >
Dec. 13, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
5 Holiday Myths About Foster YouthResources
5 Holiday Myths About Foster Youth There are many myths about foster youth. Some based entirely on fiction other perpetuated by the media and antiquated views of little Annie orphan. Here are our top 5 holiday myths we’d like to debunk about kids in foster care. 1. Kids in Care Live in Drafty Turn of…Continue Reading >
Dec. 12, 2019, 12:11 a.m.
San Bernardino County Finalized 120 AdoptionsUncategorized Resources
San Bernardino County Finalized 120 Adoptions San Bernardino County finalized 120 adoptions during a ceremony on November 21st. While adoptions happen year-round, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services host an annual adoption finalization celebration to unite families and friends for this occasion. The Hoover Family One of the families at the adoption event, the…Continue Reading >
Dec. 10, 2019, 8:16 p.m.
Fostering to Adopt Melissa’s Story
Fostering to Adopt Melissa’s Story Fostering to adopt is incredibly complicated, it doesn’t have to be! Here is a story of a family that made it easy. With a little patience and hope, Melissa McGovern got the family of her dreams. This is her story: The Fostering to Adopt Process Melissa and her wife Lynn started…Continue Reading >
Dec. 6, 2019, 8:33 p.m.
UCLA Bruin Athletic Council Partner Help Foster YouthUncategorized Philanthropy Events Recap
UCLA Bruin Athletic Council Partner with Foster Love - Together We Rise to Help Foster Youth Brentwood, CA – UCLA’s Bruin Athletic Council partnered with Foster Love - Together We Rise for a community outreach project. The goal behind the project is to help replace trash bags with Sweet Case duffle bags to help foster youth. The service project took place…Continue Reading >
Dec. 6, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
5 Ways to Help Kids in Foster Care During ChristmasResources
Do you want to know our top 5 ways to help kids in foster care during Christmas? Of course you do! You care about your community and are excited to find ways to make a difference. You understand how important the holidays can be for children. Especially for children who are missing their families. Let’s…Continue Reading >
Dec. 5, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Judge’s Tough Approach to Foster Care
Judge’s Tough Approach to Foster Care Judge’s tough approach to foster care is transforming New Orleans. When you enter Judge Ernestine S. Gray’s courtroom it looks more like a preschool than a courtroom. There is a bookcase full of children’s classics and stuffed animals of every shape, size, and species. Making the Worst Day Better…Continue Reading >
Dec. 4, 2019, 9:13 p.m.
Adoption Through Foster Care: Lori AnnAdoption Stories
Adoption Through Foster Care: Lori Ann’s Journey Adoption through foster care stories are as diverse as the people who experience them. This story begins with a couple struggling with fertility, similar to some adoptions. It is devastating when you can’t conceive a child of your own but sometimes it can turn out as a blessing…Continue Reading >
Nov. 26, 2019, 4:23 p.m.
Hollie’s Adoption from Foster Care Story
Hollie’s Adoption from Foster Care Story Hollie’s adoption from foster care story is unique. Not all adoption stories begin the same way. Some families foster with no intention of adopting. In Hollie Gray’s case, it started out as a journey to provide a safe and loving home for kids who needed it. But she soon discovers…Continue Reading >
Nov. 22, 2019, 8:31 p.m.
Four Things TWR is Thankful ForResources
Four Things TWR is Thankful For What are you thankful for? Well, as we enter this giving season the TWR team reflects on four things we are thankful for. 1. We are Thankful for Our Supporters The Foster Love - Together We Rise team is so grateful for our supporters nationwide. Whether you are a fan, volunteer, donor,…Continue Reading >
Nov. 21, 2019, 5:28 p.m.
Foster Adoption: Jerren’s Story
Foster Adoption: Jerren’s Story Foster adoption is a beautiful way to grow one’s family. Not all foster adoptions look the same but the outcome of family and community is worth it. Jerren Morning always had plans of having biological kids once he got married. It became apparent that his path would turn out different when he…Continue Reading >
Nov. 20, 2019, 5:59 p.m.
Team Building with Student Athletes at UCITeam Building Sweet Cases
Team Building with Student Athletes at UCI Team building with student athletes is beyond fun! This week our student athlete friends at the University of California Irvine (UCI) came together for a charitable team build. In truth, we are working on a new initiative to help more kids in care by partnering with college athletic…Continue Reading >
Nov. 20, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Foster Care Adoption: Jessica’s Journey
Foster Care Adoption: Jessica’s Journey Foster care adoption can be a long process for some. This week we are featuring Jessica’s story, a wife and a mom of two. She and her husband Brandyn didn’t have the easiest time with their adoption process as it is the type of love that you need to fight for.…Continue Reading >
Nov. 16, 2019, 11:34 p.m.
Add a Charity Component to Your Team Building IdeasUncategorized
Add a Charity Component to Your Team Building Ideas Step up your game and add a charity component to your team building ideas. Really! Team building and corporate and social responsibility are two efforts your organizations invest in. Might as well merge the two into one awesome day. How to Get Started Now that you…Continue Reading >
Nov. 15, 2019, 5:37 p.m.
Austin Adoption Day 2019Uncategorized
Austin Adoption Day 2019 Austin Adoption Day 2019 brought some beautiful moments, especially for Taneeka Ingram’s family. Taneeka works as a home health nurse with Viva Pediatrics. Last October she received a life-changing call. A History The call came in and the woman on the line asked Taneeka if she remembered Jakobe. Of course, she…Continue Reading >
Nov. 14, 2019, 2:32 p.m.
Adopting from Foster Care: Laura’s Story
Adopting from Foster Care: Laura’s Story Adopting from foster care is often a difficult journey. With the adoption of a child with special needs comes plenty of challenges but also provides just as much joy. With sacrifices and some hard work, Laura and her husband made things work. Here is their story on how they…Continue Reading >
Nov. 11, 2019, 8:34 p.m.
Fun Team Building Activities with AIGUncategorized Team Building Birthday Box
Fun Team Building Activities with AIG We love doing fun team building activities with AIG. This week we spent some time with them in NY for a Birthday Box build. Who is AIG? AIG is a multinational finance and insurance corporation that is committed to helping its community. Their sustainability report cites. At AIG, both…Continue Reading >
Nov. 8, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Kids For Adoption Through Foster CareAdoption Stories
Kids For Adoption Through Foster Care Many people don’t consider how many kids are for up adoption through foster care. During the foster to adopt process, not only does your family expand, but your heart does too as well. It is not flesh and blood that creates a family, but it’s all the love that…Continue Reading >
Nov. 6, 2019, 8:24 p.m.
Four Fun Team Building Holiday ActivitiesUncategorized Resources Team Building
Four Fun Team Building Holiday Activities With the season of giving right around the corner. We’ve made a comprehensive list of the top team building holiday activities. EVER. Before we start, let’s preface that not everyone celebrates the holidays so we are trying to keep things light and inclusive. 1. Themed Team Building Scavenger Hunt…Continue Reading >
Nov. 6, 2019, 12:49 a.m.
New Kentucky Program Helps Keep Kids Out Of Foster Care SystemResources News
New Kentucky Program Helps Keep Kids Out Of Foster Care System A new Kentucky program helps keep kids out of the foster care system. The Family First Prevention Act in Kentucky is a new resource to families facing difficulties. The intention is to help prevent the removal of their children from their home. “That’s where…Continue Reading >
Nov. 5, 2019, 8:36 p.m.
Adopting From Foster Care: Erica’s Story
Adopting From Foster Care: Erica’s Story Adopting from foster care can be simple or far more complicated than you can ever imagine. Each story we receive is different and comes with its set of unique challenges. For Erica, she jumped right into adopting and her world quickly turned upside down. Here is Erica’s foster to adopt…Continue Reading >
Nov. 4, 2019, 8:57 p.m.
Louisiana Becomes the 28th State to Extend Benefits to Foster YouthResources News
Louisiana Becomes the 28th State to Extend Benefits to Foster Youth Louisiana becomes the 28th state to extend benefits to foster youth. With the large population of youth aging out of the system and becoming homeless or suffering from housing instability, many states move to extend support. Passing of SB 129 (Act 649) Because of…Continue Reading >
Nov. 1, 2019, 10:08 a.m.
5 Things to Never Say to a Foster YouthUncategorized Resources
5 Things to Never Say to a Foster Youth Five things to never say to a foster youth, it seems simple. But as we approach the holiday season, we come together with people from many backgrounds. Hopefully, some of those people include current and former foster youth. Many of our current staff and interns have…Continue Reading >
Oct. 31, 2019, 7:43 p.m.
Announcing Schwinn and Together We Rise’s Partnership
Announcing Schwinn and Foster Love - Together We Rise’s Partnership Foster Love - Together We Rise is excited to announce our partnership with Schwinn starting Nov 1, 2019-2020. Because of Schwinn’s commitment to the community, we look forward to all the good work we’ll do together. The following is a press release regarding the partnership. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brea, CA- Schwinn…Continue Reading >
Oct. 29, 2019, 4:53 p.m.
An Adoption Story: ChosenAdoption Stories
An Adoption Story: Chosen An adoption story: chosen. Being adopted is not something that anyone should be ashamed of. Families all look different and that is part of the beauty. We are glad when adoptees reach out to us and share their own personal stories. Today Michael shares his adoption story with us. Failure to…Continue Reading >
Oct. 24, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
How Are You Preparing for Giving Tuesday?Uncategorized Resources Philanthropy
How Are You Preparing for Giving Tuesday? How are you preparing for Giving Tuesday? This is a real question this season. There are so many different charities and just as many ways to give. Here are our pro-tips on getting ready for the world day of giving. Start with Something Simple The best way to…Continue Reading >
Oct. 21, 2019, 4:58 a.m.
LA Finalizes New Program Guaranteeing Reliable Transportation to Home SchoolsNews
LA Finalizes New Program Guaranteeing Reliable Transportation to Home Schools LA finalizes a new program guaranteeing reliable transportation to home schooled foster youth. Due to the instability of housing among foster youth, a federal report found difficulties in keeping foster youth in their school of origin. Los Angeles is in the works of establishing a…Continue Reading >
Oct. 20, 2019, 7:26 p.m.
CSR Is More Than Not Offering Straws At Your DinerCorporate Social Responsibility
CSR Is More Than Not Offering Straws At Your Diner CSR is more than not offering straws at your diner. As we continue this shift into business “wokeness” we have to wonder what is actually impactful. In theory, removing plastic straws helps eliminate extra plastic waste but also alienates some customers with disabilities. Plus, when…Continue Reading >
Oct. 20, 2019, 7:15 p.m.
Team Building Activities with Disney VoluntEARTeam Building Building Bikes
Team Building Activities with Disney VoluntEAR We love helping with team building activities with our Disney VoluntEAR friends. Since the recent merger of Fox brands into the Disney family, it was an awesome team build. Who Are Disney VoluntEARS? Disney VoluntEARs are a group of Disney employees from across all of the company brands that…Continue Reading >
Oct. 20, 2019, 3:40 a.m.
LA Foster Youth Get Free CellphonesUncategorized Resources
LA Foster Youth Get Free Cellphones LA foster youth get free cellphones thanks to The California Public Utilities Commission. Witness LA reports that Los Angeles foster youth ages 13 through 26 will have access to free smartphones with unlimited voice, text, data, and a hotspot for internet access. Why This Matters The majority of current and…Continue Reading >
Oct. 18, 2019, 3:49 p.m.
Growing a Family Through Foster Care AdoptionAdoption Stories
Growing a Family Through Foster Care Adoption Growing a family through foster care adoption is not always a clear journey. Often times when choosing to have a family the best option becomes fostering to adopt. Through a foster adoption family’s pay little to nothing but they do take time. Today we chat with Edward about…Continue Reading >
Oct. 16, 2019, midnight
Team Building Activities for Work with DanaherTeam Building Building Bikes Sweet Cases
Team Building Activities for Work with Danaher Team building activities for work with our neighbors, Danaher. On the fun rare occasion the Foster Love - Together We Rise gets a fun team building activity with a local company. This October we got to work with our Brea neighbors at Danaher a subsidiary of Beckman Coulter. Who is Danaher?…Continue Reading >
Oct. 11, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Jaycie Sue’s Insight on the Foster Care Adoption Process
Jaycie Sue’s Insight on the Foster Care Adoption Process Jaycie Sue’s insight on the foster care adoption process is a wonderful testament to love. The foster care adoption process varies from family to family but it’s important to remember the purpose. This week Jaycie Sue shares her family’s adoption journey one that gives us information…Continue Reading >
Oct. 9, 2019, 9:47 p.m.
Paying It Forward with Sweet CasesAdoption Stories
Paying It Forward with Sweet Cases How amazing to have someone “pay it forward” with Sweet Cases. (A solution to the trash bag as luggage problem within foster care.) It is even more amazing when it comes from a child who is currently in foster care! Giving Thanks To Those Who Help Learning how to…Continue Reading >
Oct. 8, 2019, 3:07 p.m.
Giving Back Boxes Are Back!Events
Giving Back Boxes Are Back! Giving Back Boxes are back! But what in the world is a Giving Back Box? Well, for the last four years Foster Love - Together We Rise has run a Giving Back Box program at the end of each year to help make giving back to your community super easy. No, Really. What…Continue Reading >
Oct. 5, 2019, 8:07 p.m.
6 Ways Your Business Can Help On Giving TuesdayResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
6 Ways Your Business Can Help On Giving Tuesday How can your business help on Giving Tuesday? There are so many ways to get involved and with Giving Tuesday! As experts in corporate and social responsibility. Here are our top 6 ways your business can help. 1. Donate a Percentage of Your Sales This is…Continue Reading >
Oct. 4, 2019, 2:18 p.m.
A Birthday Party Turned Into An Assemble and Donate ProjectSweet Cases
A Birthday Party Turned Into An Assemble and Donate Project A birthday party is an excellent avenue for an assemble and donate project. Many people struggle to find the time or places to host a service project. Birthdays are a great way to get your friends and family involved in your favorite philanthropy. Starting A…Continue Reading >
Oct. 3, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Maricopa County is Helping Foster Youth Transition Into AdulthoodResources News
Maricopa County is Helping Foster Youth Transition Into Adulthood Maricopa County is helping foster youth transition into adulthood with a new housing initiative. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has agreed to come together and help young adults aging out of foster care. The Foster…Continue Reading >
Oct. 2, 2019, 5:15 p.m.
Insight on the Foster Care Adoption ProcessAdoption Stories
Insight on the Foster Care Adoption Process When planning to grow your family it is important to gain some insight into the foster care to adoption process. Today we chat with Amanda and learn how her family grew through a foster care adoption. The Path to a Foster Care Adoption Amanda and her husband were…Continue Reading >
Oct. 1, 2019, 4:57 p.m.
5 Things You Need To Know About SocktoberResources Events
Here are the top 5 think you need to know about Socktober. 1. What is Socktober? You must be wondering, ‘What in the world is Socktober?’ Well, it is a made-up word based on SOCK and OCTOBER. We are using the term to let people know that this October we are dedicating to donating socks…Continue Reading >
Sept. 28, 2019, 8:37 p.m.
Team Building Activities for Work: EdwardsUncategorized
Team Building Activities for Work: Edwards Lifescience Creating team building activities for work is one of our specialties. Foster Love - Together We Rise recently partnered with Edwards Lifescience for a super fun team building project at work. Who is Edwards Lifescience? Edwards Lifescience’s commitment to maintaining its integrity through honest practices is commendable. Their website explains their origin…Continue Reading >
Sept. 25, 2019, 8:53 p.m.
Fostering to Adopt TeensResources Adoption Stories
Fostering to Adopt Teens Fostering to adopt teens is not a very common story. Less than 20% of all adoptions are of children 6 and older, so you can imagine that adoption is just a dream for most older kids in care. This week we are featuring Brittany’s fostering to adopt teens story. Brittany is…Continue Reading >
Sept. 24, 2019, 2:11 p.m.
Disney Days 2019 RecapDisney Days
Disney Days 2019 Recap Disney Days 2019 has come to an end. It was our largest sibling reunion to date! Even with the new Star Wars land and fall decorations, the entire weekend felt effortless. We can all tip our hats to the TWR team for over planning and helping everything appear seamless. Here is…Continue Reading >
Sept. 23, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
AppFolio Team Building Community Service ProjectsCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Birthday Box Building Bikes
AppFolio Team Building Community Service Projects The AppFolio team building community service projects with Foster Love - Together We Rise is a big hit. This week AppFolio teamed up with Foster Love - Together We Rise to help local kids in foster care. Thanks to this team building community service project 100 skateboards and 200 birthday boxes benefited Santa Barbara youth…Continue Reading >
Sept. 21, 2019, 1:15 a.m.
How To Help Foster Kids: Disney DaysDisney Days Resources
How To Help Foster Kids: Disney Days There are many people who are always asking how they can help foster kids. One of the main ways people can help Foster Love - Together We Rise, a leading nonprofit in the foster care community, is by supporting one of our sibling reunification events like Disney Days. What are Disney…Continue Reading >
Sept. 18, 2019, 1 a.m.
An International Adoption StoryAdoption Stories
An International Adoption Story An international adoption story can be many things but for most, it is a love story. A story full of ups and downs, one that can come with a fight long fight but ultimately love conquers all. This week Foster Love - Together We Rise chats with Natasja about her international adoption. Q. How…Continue Reading >
Sept. 14, 2019, 9:15 p.m.
Volunteering to Help Children in Foster CarePhilanthropy Events
Volunteering to Help Children in Foster Care Volunteering to help children in foster care is what we do. Thankfully we have a wonderful group of people who love volunteering to help children. This month we hosted two in-house volunteering events at our Brea, CA headquarters. Six Flags Backpack Prep Because we are an indirect provider…Continue Reading >
Sept. 13, 2019, 8:21 p.m.
Fostering to Adopt: Tonia StoryAdoption Stories Feel Good Friday
Fostering to Adopt: Tonia Story Fostering to adopt is a journey that many take with varying results. This week we chat with Tonia about her family’s foster to adoption story. Similar Beginnings Tonia and her husband both came from diverse familiar backgrounds. Tonia had a guardianship until adulthood and her husband was adopted as an…Continue Reading >
Sept. 12, 2019, 12:47 a.m.
Create A Positive Work Culture Through CSR EffortsCorporate Social Responsibility
Create A Positive Work Culture Through CSR Efforts Creating a positive work culture through your CSR efforts is easier than you think. We are in an age where everyone (even people who are not Millenials) wants more from their employer. This isn’t to say that adding a strong CSR initiative is going to resuscitate a…Continue Reading >
Sept. 8, 2019, 6:02 a.m.
Charity Team Building Activities with BPR HotelsCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Superhero Boxes
Charity Team Building Activities with BPR Hotels This week Foster Love - Together We Rise helped with charity team building activities with BPR Hotels. We are always excited for any service project that benefits kids in foster care. The BPR team is passionate about helping the community and it shows. Who is BPR Hotels? BPR Hotels is family…Continue Reading >
Sept. 7, 2019, 12:38 a.m.
Learning To Make The Most Out Of Your Team BuildingResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Learning To Make The Most Out Of Your Team Building Everyone wants to make the most out of their resources, which includes team building. One of the best ways to get additional value is by making your team building part of your CSR initiatives. You might be wondering, “how do I do that?” Well, let…Continue Reading >
Sept. 6, 2019, 5:38 a.m.
Learn How To Make The Most Out Of Your Team BuildingUncategorized
Learn How To Make The Most Out Of Your Team Building Learn how to make the most out of your team building with one simple addition. It is so easy you’d think we’d made up this solution. Rather than mulling around the typical team building trust fall and word association games, take it to the…Continue Reading >
Sept. 5, 2019, 6:38 a.m.
New Beginnings: Adoption Story 2019Adoption Stories
New Beginnings: Adoption Story 2019 New beginnings: an adoption story in 2019. Foster Love - Together We Rise shares real stories of parents to help inspire as well as help others learn about the trials and successes from the perspective of adoptive parents. This week, Lisa, a mother, and foster care advocate shares her encouraging fostering story with…Continue Reading >
Sept. 4, 2019, 8:59 p.m.
Adoption Story in a NutshellAdoption Stories
Adoption Story in a Nutshell Here is an adoption story in a nutshell. This week we had the pleasure of chatting with Sara about her foster to adoption story. Sara says, “it’s been a crazy adventure!” Well, we are always up for an adoption adventure. With Every Broken Heart, We Should Become More Adventurous Sara…Continue Reading >
Sept. 3, 2019, 3:30 a.m.
Kyleigh’s Foster to Adopt StoryAdoption Stories
Kyleigh’ s Foster to Adopt Story Kyleigh’s foster to adopt story may share some similarities to with other adoption stories. But no one adoption story or experience is ever exactly the same. Foster Love - Together We Rise shares open and honest stories from all perspectives to help inform and inspire prospective foster/adoptive parents. This week we meet Kyleigh,…Continue Reading >
Sept. 3, 2019, 3:27 a.m.
Team Building Workshop with HBO’s Summer Interns
Team Building Workshop with HBO’s Summer Interns Team building workshops are a great way to acclimate new employees to your work culture. HBO believes in the ideal of creating strong work culture and recently invited us to help them with their team building workshop for interns in Santa Monica, CA. What Does CSR Look Like…Continue Reading >
Aug. 30, 2019, 10:08 p.m.
FAQ For Disney Days 2019Disney Days
FAQ For Disney Days 2019 To help answer your questions here is the FAQ for Disney Days 2019! Q. When is Disney Days? A. At the end of September. To protect the children attending Disney Days the dates and time of the event are closed. Q. Does Foster Love - Together We Rise Pick the Siblings that Attend?…Continue Reading >
Aug. 28, 2019, 4:13 a.m.
CSR is Not Just For CorporatesCorporate Social Responsibility
CSR is Not Just For Corporates CSR is not just for corporates. If you have any type of business you need to start thinking about your CSR efforts. Don’t panic if you haven’t thought about this yet. Here are four simple tips to get your CSR on: Tip One- Start Small It is understandable that…Continue Reading >
Aug. 25, 2019, 8:49 p.m.
5 Steps to Starting an Employee Volunteer InitiativeResources Corporate Social Responsibility
5 Steps to Starting an Employee Volunteer Initiative We are living in an era where the data is telling us that employees are our number one resource and their success is our success. With Diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront, culture is redefined in ways that most of us are still trying to understand.…Continue Reading >
Aug. 25, 2019, 8:41 p.m.
Choosing Foster Care To Adopt: Roberta’s Story
Choosing Foster Care To Adopt: Roberta’s Story Choosing foster care to adopt isn’t a simple choice. There is a growing need for foster and adoptive parents nationwide and opening your home is a big decision. Foster Love - Together We Rise shares stories of foster to adoption experiences in hopes of creating a resource for others considering the…Continue Reading >
Aug. 25, 2019, 8:34 p.m.
Team Building Fun with ExperianUncategorized
Team Building Fun with Experian Team building fun is always around the corner! With the Experian team, corporate and social responsibility (CSR) initiatives are always at the forefront of the organization. Last week the Heart of Experian Champions (CSR leaders at Experian branches across the globe) partnered with Foster Love - Together We Rise. They hosted their inaugural…Continue Reading >
Aug. 25, 2019, 8:21 p.m.
Fostering Children To Adopt: Sarah’s Story
Fostering Children To Adopt: Sarah’s Story Fostering children to adopt can be a long process. Most importantly, with 1,200 children entering the foster care system every day, the need for foster and adoptive parents is enormous. Sarah is a mother and adoption advocate. Her drive stems from a desire to be a part of the…Continue Reading >
Aug. 24, 2019, 5:24 a.m.
Reflecting on Your CSR EffortsCorporate Social Responsibility
Reflecting on Your CSR Efforts Reflecting on your CSR efforts can be difficult. How does one truly measure their success? Is what your are doing enough? If you are asking these questions then you have already started down the right path of having a CSR initiative. Now the best way to reflect on this is…Continue Reading >
Aug. 21, 2019, 7:09 p.m.
Disney Days are Coming: Chris Villain Chats About His Disney LoveDisney Days Events
Disney Days are Coming: Chris Villain Chats About His Disney Love Disney Days are coming next month! With that on the horizon Foster Love - Together We Rise is chatting with supporters about their Disney love. Disneyland means so much to so many people worldwide. Today we chatted with Youtube/Instagram content creator and performer Chris Villain about his…Continue Reading >
Aug. 21, 2019, 5:17 p.m.
Credit Union of Southern California Helps Foster Kids CharityCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Credit Union of Southern California Helps Foster Kids Charity Credit Union of Southern California helps foster kids charity Foster Love - Together We Rise. In late August Credit Union of Southern California stopped by the Foster Love - Together We Rise office to say hello. This hello also came with a 10k donation in support of our Family Fellowship scholarship. Who…Continue Reading >
Aug. 19, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Foster Placement to Adoption: CarolynResources Adoption Stories
Foster Placement to Adoption Foster placement to adoption stories vary greatly from family to family. Carolyn, a mother and adoption advocate became inspired by her life experiences to become a foster parent. This week Carolyn shares her heartwarming fostering journey with Foster Love - Together We Rise. Close to Home When asked why she pursued fostering, Carolyn stated.…Continue Reading >
Aug. 18, 2019, 5:46 p.m.
Macy’s Brea: Volunteering to Help Kids
Macy’s: Volunteering to Help Kids Macy’s Brea is volunteering to help kids in foster care. For the last several months Macy’s Brea has increased its initiative to help Foster Love - Together We Rise on several fronts. A 10k Donation Macy’s at the Brea Mall partnered with TWR to provide $10,000 in support. With that donation, they are…Continue Reading >
Aug. 17, 2019, 4:41 p.m.
Volunteer Team Build with LSL CPAPhilanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
Volunteer Team Build with LSL CPA Foster Love - Together We Rise loves helping coordinate volunteer team build projects. As experts in the corporate and social responsibility space, we finding adding a team build component is a bonus for everyone. Our CPA team LSL CPA hosts an yearly bike build with us to benefit kids in foster care.…Continue Reading >
Aug. 9, 2019, 3:58 p.m.
Texas Workforce Commission Partners with Together We RiseResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
Texas Workforce Commission Partners with Foster Love - Together We Rise Texas Workforce Commission Partners with Foster Love - Together We Rise to help local kids in foster care. Since opening our second brick and mortar location in Austin, TX we’ve been striving to better serve. There are thousands of kids in the foster system in Texas who need support. Working…Continue Reading >
Aug. 8, 2019, 5:06 p.m.
How to Help Foster Youth with FIT4MOMCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases Events
How to Help Foster Youth with FIT4MOM How can you help foster youth? We find that there are tons of ways to start. Foster Love - Together We Rise recently partnered with FIT4MOM for a service project to benefit local foster youth. Chelsea from FIT4MOM spoke with us about the organization and why they care about giving back.…Continue Reading >
Aug. 8, 2019, 3:11 p.m.
How to Help Kids in Foster Care: LadyBoss Lends a HandCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Sweet Cases Events
How to Help Kids in Foster Care: LadyBoss Lends a Hand How to help kids in foster care? That is a question that comes up often. When kids enter the system there is a lot of uncertainty and adjustment. There are several ways to help kids in foster care. One way is through in-direct support,…Continue Reading >
Aug. 7, 2019, 8:50 p.m.
Team Activities for Good with AIGCorporate Social Responsibility Superhero Boxes Sweet Cases
Team Activities for Good with AIG Team activities for good are so important when creating a positive work environment. Our long-time friend and supporter AIG understands the value of empowering their team through charitable activities. Recently our AIG friends invited us out for two days of team building activities in New York City. Who is…Continue Reading >
Aug. 5, 2019, 7:21 p.m.
Adopt America: Rebecca’s Adoption Story
Adopt America: Rebecca’s Adoption Story Adoption can be a long process, especially when looking to adopt in America. Everyone comes to this place at different times in their lives and in different ways. Passionate about fostering, Rebecca responded to the calling to welcome children into her home and to become a mother. This week, Rebecca shares…Continue Reading >
Aug. 5, 2019, 5:28 p.m.
Team Builders: U.S. CellularCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Sweet Cases
Team Builders: U.S. Cellular Team builders are those organizations with people who value the cultivation of their members. They see the individual’s contribution as part of the great organization and strive to develop them further. Team builders are the people who support one another. They always look to make a positive cultural change and help…Continue Reading >
Aug. 3, 2019, 5:58 p.m.
Foster Care Help: How You Can Get InvolvedResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Foster Care Help: Service Projects From Home Foster care help can come in many forms. The most direct way to offer support is to become a foster parent. Some could argue the most indirect support can come in financial support. All types of foster care support are imperative for the betterment of children in the…Continue Reading >
July 31, 2019, 9:28 p.m.
How To Propose CSR Benefits to Your ManagementResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
How To Propose CSR Benefits to Your Management How to propose CSR benefits to your management team? Corporate and social responsibility is a hot topic with 93% of leaders agreeing that business should have a positive impact on society. So how do you start the process of incorporating CSR at your workplace? Well, first you…Continue Reading >
July 30, 2019, 8:59 p.m.
Team Building At Work With HuluCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Build A Board Superhero Boxes Events
Team Building At Work With Hulu Team building at work is a great way to re-energize your team. If you want to take your team building to the next level and add a charitable component, you get even more on return. This week we had the pleasure of visiting the HULU team in San Antonio,…Continue Reading >
July 29, 2019, 4:44 p.m.
Fostering to Adopt a Sister StoryAdoption Stories
Fostering to Adopt a Sister Story Fostering to adopt impacts everyone in the family, including older siblings. Today we chat with Kandis, a Chicago native, about her experience with the fostering to adopt process as a sister. Her parents adopted two children before their mother passed from ovarian cancer. Because of this great loss, Kandis stepped…Continue Reading >
July 27, 2019, 7:50 p.m.
How Does Foster to Adopt Work: Taylor’s Story
How Does Foster to Adopt Work: Taylor’s Story How does foster to adopt work? Today Taylor shares her foster to adopt story with us. In the Beginning Taylor and her family began to foster in August of 2016. “We became foster parents because we saw a huge need in our community. Our state had 10% of America’s…Continue Reading >
July 24, 2019, 8:57 p.m.
Volunteer Team Building With SiglerCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
Volunteer Team Building With Sigler Volunteer team building is one of our favorite things to facilitate at our office in Brea, CA. We love educating people on the subject of foster care and help teams work through our service projects. This Thursday we had the pleasure of working with the Sigler team. Who Is Sigler…Continue Reading >
July 23, 2019, 2 p.m.
Foster Care Support: National Parents’ Day
Foster Care Support: National Parents’ Day Foster care support is important especially to foster families. Often times foster parents are given placements with no notice and they happily open their homes. On Tuesday, July 16th we held an in-house volunteer event in honor of National Parents’ Day. What Is National Parents’ Day? National Parents’ Day…Continue Reading >
July 22, 2019, 11:18 p.m.
Foster To Adopt Process: Amber’s Story
Foster To Adopt Process: Amber’s Story The foster to adopt process varies from person to person, here is a look at Amber’s Story. Amber, who is a mother as well as a foster/ adoption advocate, shares her heartwarming adoption story with us. Where It All Began Amber’s adoption journey began in January 2014. “I was at…Continue Reading >
July 19, 2019, 4:49 p.m.
Activate Your Total CSR Plan TodayCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Activate Your Total CSR Plan Today Activate your total CSR plan today. Corporate and social responsibility (CSR) is one of the hottest topics in business. It stems from the idea that businesses are a part of the community, therefore, they are also responsible for investing in the greater good of said community. Oftentimes people over-complicate…Continue Reading >
July 17, 2019, 7:12 p.m.
Giving Back to the Community with Macy’s
Giving Back to the Community with Macy’s Giving back to the community with Macy’s team in Brea, CA. We are fortunate to have the support of so many corporations who care about their community. Macy’s is an iconic brand and their store is still the flagship of the local Brea Mall. Why Macy’s Invests in…Continue Reading >
July 17, 2019, 3:01 p.m.
Celebrating 11 Years As A Children’s Non Profit
Celebrating 11 Years As A Children’s Non Profit Foster Love - Together We Rise is celebrating 11 years as a children’s non profit. This is an amazing feat that would not be possible without our amazing volunteers and staff! We started off as just a couple of college kids trying to make a difference in the lives of…Continue Reading >
July 16, 2019, 10:17 p.m.
Foster Care Adoption ProcessResources Adoption Stories
Foster Care Adoption Process: Lindsey’s Journey The foster care adoption process is not always simple. So to shed some light on it Foster Love - Together We Rise shares real stories from parents that have recently gone through the process. This is helpful as you get a first hand account of all of the joys and challenges of…Continue Reading >
July 14, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunities For Team BuildingUncategorized Resources
Volunteer Opportunities For Team Building Volunteer opportunities for team building are endless with Foster Love - Together We Rise. Groups can choose to do them anywhere with our programs! So it’s a nice change when we host volunteer opportunities for team building in house. This Saturday the 13th was one of those days. Varying Team Building As a…Continue Reading >
July 12, 2019, 8:31 p.m.
Rebecca’s Foster Care to Adoption Story
Every foster care to adoption story is different. Today we share Rebecca’s family journey through the system. On May 28th, 2019 Rebecca and her family formally adopted their son Aaron right before his 18th birthday. Why Foster Care to Adoption? As individuals and as a couple, Rebecca and her husband agreed they’d one day adopt…Continue Reading >
July 10, 2019, 6:10 p.m.
Adoption Guidance: Michelle’s Foster StoryAdoption Stories
Adoption Guidance: Michelle’s Foster Story Adoption guidance is often hard to find. The laws vary from county to county, state to state. So, one of the best ways to learn when looking to adopt is from people who are open to sharing their experiences. Navigating the foster system as a foster parent is not always…Continue Reading >
July 6, 2019, 4:11 p.m.
4 Fun Team Building ActivitiesResources Corporate Social Responsibility Team Building
4 Fun Team Building Activities Fun team building activities shouldn’t be too difficult to find. Right? WRONG! For some reason, companies are still booking banquet halls to hold trust falls. What year is this, 1985? Don’t fret. If you’ve been feeling like your approach to team building has gotten stale; we are here to help.…Continue Reading >
July 3, 2019, 7:39 p.m.
PIMCO Corporate Team BuildCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Birthday Box Events
PIMCO Corporate Team Build PIMCO sponsored a corporate team build with Foster Love - Together We Rise. Every year PIMCO’s staff comes together to give back to their local communities across the US. They have a strong culture supported by corporate and social responsibility efforts. Why Invest in Corporate Team Building? PIMCO as an organization believes that it…Continue Reading >
July 1, 2019, 10:55 p.m.
Foster to Adopt: Minisode 1Adoption Stories Corporate Social Responsibility Team Building
Fostering to Adopt Minisode 1 Foster Love - Together We Rise gets a lot of questions from our readers and community, a majority about the foster to adopt the process. Unfortunately, our knowledge of specific aspects of the foster care adoption process is limited. We are not an adoption agency. However, with the help of interviews from our…Continue Reading >
June 28, 2019, 8:48 p.m.
CSR Matters, Especially If You’re A MillennialCorporate Social Responsibility
CSR Matters, Especially If You’re A Millennial CSR matters, especially if you’re a millennial. By the year 2025, 75 percent of U.S. workers will be Millennials. (Dun dun Dunn!) That is a whole lot of avocado toast loving people. Let’s start by acknowledging that the term “Millennial” is more often than not, met with negative…Continue Reading >
June 19, 2019, 9:26 p.m.
Julie’s Foster Care Adoption Story
Julie’s Foster Care Adoption Story The foster care adoption journey is not always a road easily traveled, but despite the difficulty, helping children in need of a home, and love is well worth the possible challenges. This week, Julie, a mother and foster advocate, shares her life-changing adoption journey with Foster Love - Together We Rise. Beginning of…Continue Reading >
June 19, 2019, 2:17 p.m.
Congrats Family Fellowship Scholar TaylorFamily Fellowship
Congrats Family Fellowship Scholar Taylor We are extremely proud of our Family Fellowship Scholar Taylor! This spring she graduates from the University of California Irvine with a degree in Biology. Taylor is a recipient of our first Family Fellowship cohort. The Family Fellowship is the largest scholarship program for current and former foster youth in…Continue Reading >
June 18, 2019, 12:16 a.m.
Jen Lilley’s Adoption Story
Last week we helped photograph Jen Lilley’s adoption. The name Jen Lilley may sound familiar because she is one of Hallmark Channel’s stars. Jen and her husband Jason Wayne are ecstatic to officially adopt their son Kayden. They are now parents of two and currently pregnant with child number three. Adoption Ceremony We met Jen…Continue Reading >
June 11, 2019, 7:12 p.m.
Foster Father Shares His JourneyAdoption Stories
Foster Father Benjamin Shares His Adoption Journey Foster Father Benjamin, a father of 7, shares his inspiring fostering-to-adoption experience with Foster Love - Together We Rise. Every family’s foster to adoption is different, some start with the goal of adoption. Other’s have opened their hearts so fully as foster parents that they can’t continue without making their temporary family…Continue Reading >
June 10, 2019, 11:10 p.m.
Company Team Building With Kilroy RealtyCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Sweet Cases
Company Team Building With Kilroy Realty Company team building is an important tactic used to inspire positive corporate culture. Unfortunately, some people still think that company team builds should be a weekend retreat with motivational speakers and “trust fall” activities. Thankfully, there are organizations like Kilroy Realty that recognize the benefit of making team building…Continue Reading >
June 10, 2019, 6:26 p.m.
Katie’s Foster to Adopt Story
Katie’s Foster to Adopt Story Choosing the foster to adopt path is a decision that has powerful potential. Potential to positively impact the world of a child. Everyone that chooses to become a foster parent does so for various reasons. Katie, a mother of two, as well as an adoption advocate, shares her foster to…Continue Reading >
June 6, 2019, 4:52 p.m.
3rd Annual Bike Build During Ali WeekCorporate Social Responsibility Build A Board Building Bikes Events
3rd Annual Bike Build We at Foster Love - Together We Rise are experts when it comes to charitable Bike Build programs. Our friends at Fourth Street Live! and the local Louisville Metro Police Department invited us out for the third annual A Kid, A Cop, A Cause event during Ali Week celebrating the life of Muhammad Ali. Celebrating Muhammad…Continue Reading >
June 1, 2019, 11:56 p.m.
Group Activities With DisneyCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Birthday Box Events
Group Activities With Disney VoluntEARs We love group activities. Especially when we are helping our Disney VoluntEARs friends! A lot of us at Foster Love - Together We Rise have a special place in our hearts for Disney. Our Brea HQ is right up the street from Disneyland. We literally jumped for joy when the Disney VoluntEARs asked…Continue Reading >
May 30, 2019, 10:57 p.m.
Charitable Team Building: Superhero BoxTeam Building Superhero Boxes Events
Charitable Team Building: Superhero Boxes Foster Love - Together We Rise is a leading expert in charitable team building events. We’ve been working with individuals and companies nationwide to make a positive impact in their communities for over a decade. Our goal is to help educate individuals and teams about the foster care system, while providing support to…Continue Reading >
May 28, 2019, 9:24 p.m.
Foster Care Awareness Month 2019Philanthropy
Foster Care Awareness Month 2019 Did you know that Foster Care Awareness Month and National Bicycle month are both in May? To help us raise awareness our friends at Huffy Bikes helped us donate bicycles to foster and adoptive families across the U.S. They shipped bikes to our Austin, TX and Brea, CA offices and…Continue Reading >
May 24, 2019, 8:24 p.m.
Kids Helping Kids- Our Cool Friend ClaytonPhilanthropy Build A Board
Kids Helping Kids- Our Cool Friend Clayton Kids helping kids is one of the greatest things. When a child sees an issue and wants to make a change, that brings us hope. Hope in our future and hope that in our lifetime we will be able to change the way children experience the foster system.…Continue Reading >
May 22, 2019, 7:18 p.m.
Q&A With Foster To Adoption Mom Beth
Beth’s Foster To Adoption Journey The path through adoption varies from parent to parent. Today, Beth shares her foster to adoption journey with us. 1. When did you start your adoption journey? (Did you foster to adopt? Have you always wanted to adopt?) Our adoption journey first started in October 2016. We fostered to adopt through our County DPSS and were all approved…Continue Reading >
May 17, 2019, 10:12 p.m.
Corporate Bonding With AlexandriaTeam Building Build A Board
Corporate Bonding With Alexandria Group Corporate bonding is an essential part of creating a positive corporate culture. As experts in corporate team bonding, we are always excited to help organizations flex in this arena. Our friends at Alexandria Group reached out to us for help with implementing a team bonding event. Alexandria Group’s Corporate and…Continue Reading >
May 15, 2019, 2:24 p.m.
Activities for Team Building with Channel BakersCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes Events
Activities for Team Building with Channel Bakers We love developing activities for team building and team bonding events. Our friends at Channel Bakers in Anaheim Hills, reached out to us to help inspire their team with a charity team build. Of course, we leaped at this chance! Who is Channel Bakers? Why Charitable Team Building?…Continue Reading >
May 14, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Janeris's Foster To Adoption StoryAdoption Stories
The Beginning All foster-to-adoption stories begin at different places. For our friend Janeris and her family, it began with doctors telling her not to get pregnant. Adoption became a possibility until learning that there is a true need in the foster care system. Janeris shared, “when we realized the huge need in the foster care…Continue Reading >
May 10, 2019, 5:57 p.m.
How to Choose a PhilanthropyResources Philanthropy
How To Choose A Philanthropy Philanthropy comes in many forms, and with so many different causes, it can be difficult to choose a philanthropy and determine which one you want to dedicate yourself to. Each cause is important and worthwhile, but some may speak to you more than others. Philanthropic Health Causes There are plenty…Continue Reading >
May 8, 2019, 3:08 p.m.
Alison’s Foster to Adoption Story
Every adoption story is different. This story belongs to Alison B. from Atlanta, Georgia. Alison can’t remember when her desire to be a mom first manifested. It was always part of her being. Sadly, after having complications with PCOS and difficulties conceiving, Alison suffered a stillbirth at 36 weeks. “Life didn’t go as I had…Continue Reading >
April 28, 2019, 1:29 a.m.
Superhero Boxes Have LandedTeam Building Events
Foster Love - Together We Rise is excited to announce the release of our latest program, Superhero Boxes. Together, with the launch of the Superhero Box, we’d like all children in foster care to feel supported and empowered. The Problem According to Speakupnow.org 25% of foster children experience PTSD. A rate comparable to that of U.S. war veterans, both…Continue Reading >
April 27, 2019, 7:25 p.m.
Amanda’s Foster to Adoption Story
Every foster to adoption story is different. They each have a richly diverse background but we hope that all these stories have happy endings. Today’s adoption story is that of Amanda Baber and her newest son Xakry Cameron Johnson. The Babers are not new to the parent game before Xakry they had three children of…Continue Reading >
April 27, 2019, 3:29 p.m.
New York Life- Bring Your Child To Work DayCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Birthday Box
Bring Your Child To Work Day April 25th is Bring Your Child To Work Day and our friends at New York Life relished in the day. To celebrate they hosted a Birthday Box Build to benefit children in foster care. Bring Your Child To Work Day, is one of our favorite “holidays” of the year.…Continue Reading >
April 26, 2019, 3:28 p.m.
AIG Celebrates Bring Your Child To Work DayCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Birthday Box
AIG Celebrates Bring Your Child To Work Day Bring Your Child To Work Day is one of our favorite days to do team builds. Employees get to bring their kids to the office. Children get to learn about the work their parents do while taking in some of the corporate culture. Such a fun time!…Continue Reading >
April 25, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Volunteer Team Builds with ArbonneCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building
Take your service volunteer team builds to the next level! Invest in a project that supports your community and team. Our friends at Arbonne believe in the importance of giving back while keeping their team connected. Their charitable initiatives organization-wide are focused on helping empower teens. “The Arbonne Charitable Foundation’s mission is to provide support for programs and…Continue Reading >
April 25, 2019, 2:33 p.m.
World Penguin Day 2019Events
Foster Love - Together We Rise loves celebrating April 25th, World Penguin Day! The day coincides with the annual northern migration of Adelie penguins. Because penguins do not fly, this march is at the speed of a walk or more realistically, a waddle. Our affinity for penguins is more than a coincidence. The reason penguins are a Together…Continue Reading >
April 13, 2019, 11:01 p.m.
Charity Team Building Activities in Downtown LACorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases Events
Picture this, a beautiful night on a rooftop patio, in the middle of Downtown LA, people taking part in charity team building activities for good. All of the city is just an abundance of light and you’re helping the community. This is a thing of dreams! On April 11th in the heart of Downtown LA,…Continue Reading >
April 12, 2019, 9:15 p.m.
Team Build Volunteer Opportunities with TopgolfCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
Foster Love - Together We Rise flew to Scottsdale, Arizona, for a team build volunteer opportunities event with Topgolf. We love working with our friends at Topgolf and were ecstatic about the build. Topgolf is dedicated to its corporate and social responsibility efforts. Their commitment to their community extends more than 8.2k hours of volunteer time. Plus their teams…Continue Reading >
April 11, 2019, 9:17 p.m.
Dylan Chad's Foster Care Adoption ProcessAdoption Stories
Foster Love - Together We Rise loves to celebrate adoptions. One way we help foster families who go through the foster care adoption process is through our Framing Forever program. Our generous and talented network of volunteer photographers helps us offer free adoption day photos nationwide. Our latest Framing Forever family is Jennifer and Dylan Chad (age five).…Continue Reading >
April 4, 2019, 2:34 p.m.
Foster Kids Charity in the Big AppleCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Birthday Box Building Bikes Events
Our friends at AIG invited us to their Manhattan, NY headquarters for an epic foster kids charity philanthropy focused team build. AIG is one of our longest standing partners. They have strong philanthropic values at the core of their corporate culture. Committed to doing the right thing for their people and the communities where they work, live…Continue Reading >
April 2, 2019, 2:58 p.m.
Sweet Case Team Build with CiscoCorporate Social Responsibility Team Building Sweet Cases Events
Cisco invited the team out to Boston, MA for a philanthropic team build. With delight, the team hopped on a plane and spent a few hours in the historic city. As a leader in the tech world, Cisco makes its CSR efforts a priority. They have a goal of positively impacting 1 billion lived by…Continue Reading >
March 30, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
CSR at the LinkedIn GTO SymposiumUncategorized Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Birthday Box Sweet Cases
CSR, also known as corporate and social responsibility is huge for tech companies. The theory behind CSR postulates that organizations are a part of our communities. As part of the community organizations should invest in the social and economic wellbeing of the community. For the last day of LinkedIn’s GTO symposium in San Jose, CA,…Continue Reading >
March 29, 2019, 7:39 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity for Team Builds- TLD LawUncategorized Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases Events
Foster Love - Together We Rise is an expert in facilitating volunteer opportunity for team builds and charitable team-building service projects. This week we helped two divisions of TLD Law with a philanthropic team build of their own. The teams in Long Beach and Irvine, CA, helped assemble and donate 50 Sweet Case duffle bags. Sweet Cases are…Continue Reading >
March 26, 2019, 7:42 p.m.
Volunteer Team Building Activities: Wells FargoCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Build A Board
Volunteer team building activities are important tools to keep your organization and employees refreshed. This week we drove out to Dallas to help Wells Fargo with a philanthropic team build. Wells Fargo prioritizes their corporate and social responsibility initiatives stating. “We know that our long-term success is directly linked to the success of our customers…Continue Reading >
March 25, 2019, 10:43 p.m.
Give Back to the Community: Chick-fil-ACorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Have you ever heard of Chick-fil-A being open on a Sunday? For decades now, Chick-fil-A has held the traditional policy in which establishments across the nation close their doors every Sunday to observe a day of rest. Owners of the Brea, California location started a quarterly “Serve Sundays.” This is where they serve up some…Continue Reading >
March 23, 2019, 8 p.m.
How to Identify your Brand with PhilanthropyResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Fun Fact: Philanthropy (which comes from the Latin word philanthropia) translates as loving humankind. The act of loving humanity is practiced by many in our society but not as much by businesses compared to the general public. According to the Giving USA 2018 report, Americans gave a record-breaking $410.02 billion to charity. However, companies only…Continue Reading >
March 12, 2019, midnight
Volunteer for Foster Kids with Alteria!Corporate Social Responsibility
Foster Love - Together We Rise is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of children in foster care nationwide. We help companies give back to their communities through team-building events and service projects that benefit foster youth. One of our favorite corporate social responsibility projects is Sweet Cases! Sweet Cases are duffle bags full…Continue Reading >
March 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
7 Easy Ways to Engage EmployeesResources Corporate Social Responsibility
Did you know that the average American spends roughly 90,000 hours or more at work over their lifetime? This places perspective on how our work environment plays a significant role in our life as well as our well-being. Considering that we are spending a rather large amount of time working, it is essential for employers…Continue Reading >
March 6, 2019, 9:16 p.m.
April’s Adoption Journey
Going Home One of the priorities for children in foster care is reunification and adoption. While reunification is always the primary goal of the foster to adopt process, when that is no longer an option, it is joyous to see children gain a new home through adoption. April’s Adoption Journey April, a mother and photographer…Continue Reading >
March 1, 2019, 7:45 p.m.
Candoris Philanthropic Team BuildingCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Recap
Our friends at Candoris invited us to Pennsylvania for a philanthropic team build. Located in Annville, PA, Candoris is an international tech company. Grounded in Corporate and Social Responsibility principles, Candoris strives to do good works within their community. We arrived on-site early to set up several different work stations. The Candoris team chose to build 10…Continue Reading >
Feb. 27, 2019, 6:34 p.m.
Benevity Hosts Annual Goodness MatterCorporate Social Responsibility Events
Foster Love - Together We Rise is honored to have partnered with Benevity for their annual Goodness Matter Client Conference in Palm Springs, CA. The conference centered around global philanthropic good with over 350 corporate citizenship leaders from around the world in attendance to assemble and donate projects. As the featured charity of the conference attendees could immerse…Continue Reading >
Feb. 20, 2019, 6:53 p.m.
7 Ways to Give Back to the CommunityResources Philanthropy
The art of giving back and gifting is known as philanthropy. Generosity has been around since the dawn of humanity and has become a part of our everyday life and society. Philanthropy actively supports efforts such as scientific research down to volunteering your time to help out those in need in your community. Philanthropic efforts…Continue Reading >
Feb. 19, 2019, 8:49 p.m.
Bikes for Foster Kids: Team-Building with CIT!Building Bikes
Foster Love - Together We Rise’s base of operations is in Brea, California; though we host service projects across the country, sometimes the best events are just down the street! One local team building activity was hosted by Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, a company that delivers information to doctors so they can provide better patient care. We were excited…Continue Reading >
Feb. 15, 2019, 3:33 p.m.
Golf for Duffel Bags for Foster KidsEvents
Last week, our Donor Relations Manager Steven flew to Orlando, Florida to play golf to raise money for duffel bags for foster kids! Santa Rosa Consulting invited us to the Santa Rosa HIMSS ’19 Topgolf Event, where over 100 employees hit the green for kids in foster care. We had a blast playing golf with…Continue Reading >
Feb. 12, 2019, 10:10 p.m.
Danielle’s Journey: Adopting from Foster CareAdoption Stories
Going Home One of the priorities for children in foster care is reunification and adopting from foster care. While reunification is always the primary goal of foster care, when that is no longer an option, it is joyous to see children gain a new home through adoption. Danielle’s Adoption Journey Mother of five Danielle from Cedar…Continue Reading >
Feb. 12, 2019, 9:15 p.m.
Get Cheesy This Valentine’s Day With MOD Pizza
Valentine’s Day is all about love, and there’s no better way to show your love than pizza! On Thursday, February 14th, MOD Pizza is hosting a fundraiser in support of Foster Love - Together We Rise, so make sure you take your Valentine on a dinner date for a good cause. If you don’t have a Valentine yet,…Continue Reading >
Feb. 11, 2019, 11:33 p.m.
Foster Love This Valentine’s Day!
Spread the foster love this Valentine’s Day with our top 5 philanthropic date ideas. Flowers, chocolates, and candlelit dinners have all been done before, but to really impress your Valentine this year, make a difference with these 5 charitable date ideas! Help Animals At A Shelter What could be more heartwarming than taking care of…Continue Reading >
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:07 p.m.
Foster Care Volunteer with Team BuildingCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building
Whether you’re pitching to clients, creating innovative marketing strategies, or coming up with the next big thing, creativity is vital in any industry. Therefore, companies should invest in their employees’ creativity to help them develop skills that will enhance both their work and their quality of life. Here are a few ideas for creative foster…Continue Reading >
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:25 p.m.
Non Profit Foster Care Reform in San AntonioResources Team Building
San Antonio is taking some big steps to reform its non profit foster care system. Beginning Friday, February 1st, 2019, the system moves towards privatization partnering with local advocates. The new shifts focus on the first few hours after the removal of the child. Currently, Bexar County has 2,000 children in foster care. The new…Continue Reading >
Jan. 31, 2019, 5:31 p.m.
Foster Care Birthday Boxes with AIG!Birthday Box
In the Big Apple, anything is possible! Foster Love - Together We Rise traveled to New York, New York to help our longtime partner AIG bring foster care birthday boxes in a team-building project to the East Coast. We fought through rain, wind, and snow to get to the Marriott in downtown New York City, but it was…Continue Reading >
Jan. 25, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
UPS Holds Bike Build Volunteer Event at TWRCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Events
Foster Love - Together We Rise hosted a two-day bike build volunteer event for team building in Orange County, at the TWR HQ in Brea, CA with UPS‘s Southern California Human Resource District. This is the second year in a row that the group has held their event at the Foster Love - Together We Rise Orange County headquarters. You might be…Continue Reading >
Jan. 25, 2019, 5:25 p.m.
Sweet Cases Service Project with AmgenSweet Cases
Indianapolis, Indiana is home to the world’s largest racetrack, as well as some of the world’s largest team building activities! The Foster Love - Together We Rise team shifted into overdrive when we partnered with Amgen for a massive service project at Punch Bowl Social in Indianapolis. Over 600 Amgen employees volunteered to help improve the lives of…Continue Reading >
Jan. 18, 2019, 2:46 p.m.
Philanthropic Events on the HorizonPhilanthropy Events
Foster Love - Together We Rise wants to help make your 2019 the most philanthropic to date. On top of our traditional team building service based philanthropic efforts, we are ramping up our nationwide events. Last year we helped children in every state with our programs and this year we want to increase our event impact. We want…Continue Reading >
Jan. 16, 2019, 1:31 a.m.
Family Fellowship Program Winter TripFamily Fellowship
In the Family Fellowship program, we offer family-like financial and emotional support to college-bound “aging out” foster youth. As part of our family initiative, we also provide a support system, including mentors, care packages, and winter bonding trips. This year’s bonding trip was a blast! Fellows flew into Colorado on Friday night, ready for a…Continue Reading >
Jan. 15, 2019, 9:56 p.m.
Team Building to Boost Employee EngagementTeam Building
Employee engagement through team building is key to developing a thriving company. Passionate employees enjoy what they do, so they’re happier. Often do better work than those who are less engaged. Getting employees to engage can be a challenge, but team-building activities can boost employee engagement in 5 different ways: Invest in Success Employees feel…Continue Reading >
Jan. 10, 2019, 9:26 p.m.
Why 2019 Is the Year to Make a DifferenceCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Last year is finally behind us, and though you’re probably still getting used to writing the date, 2019 is officially here. Foster care volunteer opportunities are awaiting. There’s a lot you can do to make a difference in the next 365 days, and here’s why: 2019 is the year of crushing goals. Whether you’re following…Continue Reading >
Jan. 3, 2019, 8:50 p.m.
Get Involved in Your Community this New YearCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
As New Year’s resolutions start piling up, it’s easy to lose track of everything you want to accomplish this year. Aside from diet and exercise, one of the growing trends is a movement towards activism and philanthropy. We should all do more to make the world a better place, but sometimes we don’t know where…Continue Reading >
Dec. 17, 2018, 1:07 a.m.
Fort Lauderdale Foster Kid CharityPhilanthropy Events
‘Twas the night before the spree, when all through the air not a creature was stirring, not even Bear. The luggage was placed on the carousel with care In hopes that our flight soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of shopping sprees danced in their…Continue Reading >
Dec. 16, 2018, 1:06 a.m.
New York Shopping SpreePhilanthropy Events
New York is a beautiful place at all times of the year, but it’s especially magical in the winter. There’s ice skating at Rockefeller Center, the ball dropping at New Years Eve, and snow falling all over the city. This year, Foster Love - Together We Rise wanted to add a little more magic by taking foster kids…Continue Reading >
Dec. 15, 2018, 12:54 a.m.
Saban Team-Building EventCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
Foster Love - Together We Rise is grateful to partner with amazing companies like Saban, home of Paul Frank and the Power Rangers. Saban believes in corporate social responsibility, donating tons of toys to TWR for children in foster care. They also support us through philanthropy events and volunteering with us, and we love working with them! Last…Continue Reading >
Dec. 14, 2018, 12:44 a.m.
HBO Team Build with Bike BuildCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
HBO has plenty of shows that tug on people’s heartstrings; turns out their volunteers are excellent at warming hearts too! Foster Love - Together We Rise teamed up with HBO at their Santa Monica headquarters to build bicycles for children in foster care. Our Bike Build team build programs include everything you need, so it’s easy and fun…Continue Reading >
Dec. 10, 2018, 5:54 p.m.
El Paso Shopping Spree for Foster Care SupportPhilanthropy Events
Shopping sprees are a blast but they’re even better when they’re going towards foster care support! Last weekend we kept the holiday cheer going with our fifth shopping spree in El Paso, Texas. We brought 70 foster youth to Rue21 to shop ‘til they dropped with $100 shopping sprees! We had 30 volunteers from around…Continue Reading >
Dec. 9, 2018, 6:29 p.m.
Shopping Sprees for Foster TeensPhilanthropy Events
Most of the charity events that Foster Love - Together We Rise hosts involve duffle bags or building bikes for foster teens and children. For the holidays, we kicked it up a notch and took kids in foster care on shopping sprees! This past weekend, Foster Love - Together We Rise took 50 foster youth to Rue21 to spend $100 on…Continue Reading >
Dec. 6, 2018, 7:32 p.m.
OCTLA Top Gun Charity AwardsCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Events
The OCTLA Top Gun charity awards show was one of the most incredible events we’ve ever been invited to! All attendees dressed to the nines for this beautiful gala held in Costa Mesa, CA. OCTLA held auctions to raise money for Foster Love - Together We Rise while honoring the best lawyers in the county. Over 70 incredible…Continue Reading >
Dec. 6, 2018, 4:22 p.m.
Foster Resource: Social Security BenefitsResources
Foster families today have access to plenty of resources that help cover the costs of taking care of a child. Resources vary from county to county and are meant to help both the child and family. Medical, dental and counseling services tend to be the priority. However, if a child has special needs, one should consider…Continue Reading >
Dec. 3, 2018, 9:16 p.m.
Holiday Shopping Spree Help Foster Kids 2018Philanthropy Events
Brea Holiday Shopping Spree Foster Love - Together We Rise’s mission is to improve the lives of children in foster care. One of our favorite ways to help foster kids and accomplish this is by taking foster youths on holiday shopping sprees. To help foster kids, throughout December, we’re traveling all over the country to take foster youth…Continue Reading >
Nov. 20, 2018, 3:49 p.m.
Donate Turkeys to Foster Kids and FamiliesCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Events
Turkey Donations for Foster Families Foster Love - Together We Rise is thankful for having great supporters who allow us to help so many children in foster care. The holiday season can be difficult for both children in foster care and their foster families. It is important that we continue to find creative ways to help foster youth across…Continue Reading >
Nov. 18, 2018, 6:57 p.m.
Brea Stonefire Grill Philanthropy EventCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Events
At Foster Love - Together We Rise, most team-building activities involve building bikes, skateboards, or duffle bags to donate to foster youth. At the Stonefire Grill Friends and Family philanthropy event on November 16th and 17th, we built up our appetites instead! On Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night, our guests lined up around the new restaurant. Everyone…Continue Reading >
Nov. 17, 2018, 6:57 p.m.
In-N-Out: Ways to Help Foster KidsCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Build A Board Building Bikes Sweet Cases
Living in Southern California we have access to some of the best food in the world. In-N-Out is no exception. On November 15th, we were ecstatic to host an In-N-Out team-building event at our headquarters here in Brea. We all had a blast working together for ways the help foster kids and to make a…Continue Reading >
Nov. 16, 2018, 5:04 p.m.
Group Charity Activities with JetBlue in BostonCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
The best things happen in Boston and for National Philanthropy Month. This year we decided to bring more joy to the Bay State. On November 15th, Foster Love - Together We Rise partnered with JetBlue to set up giant group charity activities in the heart of Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. When as we landed, we set…Continue Reading >
Nov. 15, 2018, 4:35 p.m.
Nonprofit for Kids with JetBlue in New YorkCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
Nonprofit for kids Foster Love - Together We Rise and JetBlue has been partners in improving the lives of children in foster care for over half a decade. For National Philanthropy Month this year, we decided to do something we’ve never done before. On November 14th, we packed our bags and flew to John F. Kennedy International Airport…Continue Reading >
Nov. 1, 2018, 8:24 p.m.
Partnerships for Giving TuesdayCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Events
Foster Love - Together We Rise is always thankful for our amazing volunteers and partnerships that support us year around. This year for Giving Tuesday (November 27) we have the uniquely delicious opportunity of partnering with Yorgurtland, The Pizza Press and Albanese Candy. Yorgurtland is offering to donate 20% of all purchases made (at participating locations) with the…Continue Reading >
Oct. 13, 2018, 12:15 a.m.
Southern Glazer Volunteer to Help KidsCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
Team Building with Southern Glazer Foster Love - Together We Rise is based in Southern California. But thanks to companies hosting charity events all over the country, we get to volunteer to help kids and improve the lives of children in foster care thousands of miles from our HQ. Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirit invited us to Miami,…Continue Reading >
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:59 p.m.
Disney Days – 350 Siblings Reunited at Disney!Disney Days Events Recap
Last weekend was one to remember as the Foster Love - Together We Rise team reunited over 350 siblings separated in foster care at “the Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland! Disney Days started when founder Danny Mendoza shared his birthday with children in foster care and take them to Disneyland. Disney Days 2018 took place in Anaheim, CA…Continue Reading >
Oct. 4, 2018, 7:11 p.m.
JetBlue – Foster Children Charity Swing for Good
On October 3rd, Foster Love - Together We Rise partnered with JetBlue to host Swing for Good, a foster children charity golfing event to raise funds for kids in foster care! Over 400 golfers and donors came out to Bethpage State Golf Course in Farmingdale, New York to participate. Whether they got eagles, birdies, or par for the…Continue Reading >
Sept. 29, 2018, 7:56 p.m.
Volunteer Fosters Care with CH RobinsonCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
Bike Team Building with CH Robinson Foster Love - Together We Rise helps with lots of charitable team building events volunteer fosters care across the country. But some of the best ones are right in our own backyard! CH Robinson held a charity bike-building event at their corporate office in Claremont, California. That is just up the freeway from…Continue Reading >
Sept. 26, 2018, 8:06 p.m.
Build a Board: Making Friends at FacebookCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Build A Board Sweet Cases
Foster Love - Together We Rise is lucky to have charitable partnerships and friends all over the nation. Over the years we have made friends on Facebook. Now we can say that we have made some friends at Facebook through our build a board event. On September 16th, we visited Facebook’s Headquarters in Menlo Park, California to work on…Continue Reading >
Sept. 26, 2018, 7:35 p.m.
Team Build Volunteer Helping Kids with GraingerCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building
Here in California, we have a lot of different terrains: beaches, deserts, and mountains. Just to name a few. It’s always nice to have the opportunity to visit someplace new. Especially when it is to help with a team-building service project. We were happy to visit Grainger at their campus on the plains of Lake Forest, Illinois.…Continue Reading >
Sept. 16, 2018, 3:19 p.m.
OCTLA event with a Bike BuildCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
Foster Love - Together We Rise prides itself on the support we receive for our Bike Build event in Orange County. Groups like the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association remind us of our OC pride when they hosted a philanthropy team-building event at their office in Brea. Thanks to their generosity, we worked with some members to build bikes, skateboards,…Continue Reading >
Sept. 15, 2018, 6 p.m.
Building Bikes and Boards with Lotte!Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Birthday Box Build A Board Building Bikes
Foster Love - Together We Rise loves welcoming volunteers into our Brea, CA office for building bikes, boards or our other programs. Whether we’re helping with Girl Scout service projects, community philanthropy events, or company team-building activities. Luckily for us, some wonderful people from Lotte were kind enough to visit us. They participated in three different programs right here…Continue Reading >
Sept. 14, 2018, 8:48 p.m.
Bike Build Charity with NAIFACorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
Here at Foster Love - Together We Rise, we’re experts at hosting team-building activities! We have a decade of experience working with amazing teams across the nation. Having traveled the US several times over, it is always a pleasure to visit Texas with Bike Build charity. This September we built bikes with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)…Continue Reading >
Sept. 13, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Building Bikes and Boards with Citizens BankCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Build A Board Building Bikes
Building Bikes and Boards with Citizens Bank With our Bike Buildand Build a Board programs, we help volunteers build bikes and skateboards for children in foster care. Sometimes not everything goes as planned but no matter what happens. We know we’re making a positive impact in the world. In Stamford, Connecticut, we had the opportunity…Continue Reading >
Sept. 10, 2018, 7:38 p.m.
Myth Monday #4: Kids In Foster Care Move Homes Due to Behavioral ProblemsResources
Moving from home to home can be a difficult experience for a young child to go through. Though we do all we can to improve their lives, they still face challenges that non-foster children will never encounter. Unfortunately, due to these challenges, there’s a lot of negative stigma surrounding the mental wellness of foster and…Continue Reading >
Sept. 4, 2018, 7:15 p.m.
Myths About Foster Care: Birth ParentsResources
The road from foster care to adoption can be confusing, especially to those unfamiliar with the foster care system. One of the most common myths about foster care and misconceptions is that birth parents can reclaim their child, even after another family adopts them. While the overarching goal of foster care is to reunite children…Continue Reading >
Aug. 7, 2018, 8 a.m.
Foster Mother Volunteer Team Building ActivityEvents
Although all of our programs at Foster Love - Together We Rise improve the lives of foster children, we enjoy brightening the lives of foster parents and families as well! Parenting a child in the foster care system is extremely rewarding, but it also has its own unique challenges. Foster moms and dads deserve recognition and appreciation just…Continue Reading >
Aug. 6, 2018, 6:47 p.m.
Foster Care Myth: Do You Have to be Married to Become a Foster Parent?Resources
We’re here to disprove another foster care myth! When people think of a traditional family, an image of a married couple with children comes to mind. Some people think that they have to fit into this mold in order to become foster parents because foster agencies want children to be raised in a “traditional” household.…Continue Reading >
July 31, 2018, 7:20 p.m.
All The Feels Comfort Bags for Foster CareCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
Though Foster Love - Together We Rise is based out of Southern California, we love traveling across the country to give groups the opportunity to help out in their own communities. So when All The Feels invited us to St. Paul, Minnesota for a Sweet Case event, we packed our bags, hopped on a plane, and headed to…Continue Reading >
July 27, 2018, 8:22 p.m.
Foster Care Myths: Adoption is ExpensiveResources
Like Bigfoot and Nessie, most people have heard of foster care, but they’ve also heard lots of myths about it. The foster care system can be a bit mystifying, so Foster Love - Together We Rise is here to bust some common foster care myths! Foster care and adoption require patience, effort, and care, but what stops many…Continue Reading >
July 27, 2018, 8 a.m.
Foster Care Kits Team Building with SabanCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
With our HQ just minutes away from sunny Los Angeles, California, we’re lucky to be able to visit the city of stars as often as we do. We’re also lucky to work with companies like Saban, whose wonderful philanthropy makes foster kids feel like stars! We love every team-building activity, but this one was especially…Continue Reading >
July 27, 2018, 1:03 a.m.
Foster Care Community Services with WortheCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building
Of all the things to do in Los Angeles, California, our absolute favorite is helping people make a difference in the lives of children in foster care and participating in foster care community services. Whether it’s small groups or huge companies, we love giving people the opportunity to give back to their communities. Philanthropy can…Continue Reading >
July 19, 2018, 9:19 p.m.
Team Build Volunteer in Foster Care with AIGCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building
Team Building With AIG Insurance The best parts of being a nationwide organization are all the friends you make along the way. We travel across the country to help companies build Sweet Cases, which are bright blue duffle bags full of comfort items for kids in foster care. We also have a program called Bike…Continue Reading >
July 14, 2018, 7:07 p.m.
ZipRecruiter Team Build Donate to Foster CareCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
Los Angeles County is full of great companies and we’re fortunate to work with so many of them. Our HQ resides close to many of our partners, we love getting out of the office to connect with them as often as we can. Especially when there are 28,000 foster kids in Los Angeles alone, it’s…Continue Reading >
July 13, 2018, 4:02 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunities with Foster Care in TXCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Events
Since day one, our mission has been to help improve the lives of foster children in America. We strive to help in any way we can through our team building activities, scholarships, volunteer opportunities for foster care, and our partnerships that we’ve built over the past ten years. This time, we packed up our equipment…Continue Reading >
July 12, 2018, 3:07 p.m.
Birthday Box Service Project with AIGCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Birthday Box
In February, Foster Love - Together We Rise visited the Big Apple! AIG hosted a charitable team building event at the Marriott Downtown Financial Ballroom. AIG wanted to bring a fun corporate service project to their training conference for their international offices. Our Birthday Box event was the perfect level of fun! Employees from all over the world…Continue Reading >
July 3, 2018, 6 p.m.
Sweet Cases Corporate Team Building with FOX!Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
We love visiting Los Angeles, especially when we’re hosting charitable team building activities in the city. So when FOX Studios reached out to us looking for a corporate team building activity to boost morale and volunteering for foster care, we jumped in the car and headed straight for their studio lot. FOX employees spent a…Continue Reading >
July 3, 2018, 1:26 p.m.
A Bike Build- Corporate Service Project with Disney VoluntEARS!Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
It’s always great when we’re able to host charitable team building activities in Los Angeles. Disney VoluntEARS reached out to us to boost morale while also making a positive impact on their local community. Our programs are perfect for fun high-energy corporate team-building activities. So in June, we headed to Long Beach for a couple…Continue Reading >
June 11, 2018, 9:39 p.m.
Build Bikes for Charity at “I Am Ali” Festival
“I Am Ali” Festival Bike Build Most corporate team-building projects at Foster Love - Together We Rise involve groups or companies working together. Typically, to assemble duffle bags, skateboards, or build bikes for charity and children in foster care. Every once in a while, we get to work with foster families directly. The “I Am Ali” Festival is one…Continue Reading >
June 6, 2018, 9:40 p.m.
Volunteer with Foster Kids: Bike Build with CITCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
At Foster Love - Together We Rise we love traveling almost as much as we love improving the lives of children in foster care and volunteer with foster kids. Helping foster youth in different communities across the country is always a blast. We get to see the direct impact that our actions have on children all over the nation.…Continue Reading >
May 1, 2018, 4:29 p.m.
Seven Volunteer Opportunities to Help KidsResources Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Volunteer Opportunities to Help Kids in Foster Care for Your Local Communities 1. Become a Driver Foster care agencies often need drivers to get the children in their care to various appointments such as doctor appointments, school functions, or visits with their birth family. It is important to keep in mind that volunteering yourself for…Continue Reading >
April 27, 2018, 12:43 a.m.
Volunteering with Foster Youth with AIGCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
We love spreading the #fosterlove everywhere we go! This time we were thrilled when our friends at AIG reached out to us to host a charity team building activity at their office in New York City. We headed to the “Big Apple” for a couple of fun-fueled days building bikes and volunteering with foster youth!…Continue Reading >
Jan. 28, 2018, 11:52 a.m.
From Foster Child to Foster Parent- Fawn’s Story
Fawn grew up in and out of foster homes as a foster child. Eventually placed in kinship care, she persevered through her life and became a foster parent with her husband. Here is her advice for children in foster care: “My mom had six children with six different dads. Two of the kids went up for…Continue Reading >
July 26, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Welcome 2017 FellowsFamily Fellowship
Did you know only 3% of foster youth will receive a Bachelor’s Degree? Many foster youth lack the financial and emotional support needed to navigate through the education system. With the help of donors, Foster Love - Together We Rise surprises 10 foster youth with a life-changing $90,000 college scholarship. The Family Fellowship program supports youth in foster…Continue Reading >
April 13, 2017, 12:44 p.m.
Meet Jessica – Family Fellow
Meet Jessica, an awe-inspiring young woman attending Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Jessica is currently a sophomore majoring in Psychology with the hopes of attending graduate school after obtaining her Bachelor’s. Jessica is an alumna of the foster care system, and joined the Family Fellowship Program in the summer of 2016. The Family…Continue Reading >
March 24, 2017, 11:40 a.m.
Fostering in the Military SystemResources
Are you a military family that is considering foster care or adoption? Just because you or your spouse is a service person, you are not restricted from either fostering in the military or adopting! A common myth is that military families are not able to foster or adopt children. Although sometimes military families relocate, there…Continue Reading >
March 17, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
How to Build Bikes 101Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
Have you seen the Foster Love - Together We Rise Bike Build program and are interested in learning more? Our Bike Build program helps children in foster care experience childhood- no matter what age! Foster Love - Together We Rise is trying to change the foster care system by donating bikes to children in foster care around the United States. Why…Continue Reading >
March 8, 2017, 8:47 a.m.
Transracial Adoptions in the USResources
Transracial adoption, also known as interracial adoption, is a sensitive yet important conversation within the foster care system. Until 1994, United States law also saw it as a sensitive topic. It wasn’t until then that the United States implemented laws against transracial adoption discrimination. The Multi-Ethnic Placement Act-Interethnic Adoption Provision (MEPA-IAP) of 1994, “Prohibits State…Continue Reading >
Feb. 27, 2017, 9:56 a.m.
Sweet Case 101Resources
Have you seen the Foster Love - Together We Rise Sweet Cases and are interested in learning more? Sweet Cases is the biggest Foster Love - Together We Rise program that we support through the help of donors like you! Foster Love - Together We Rise is trying to change the foster care system by donting our Sweet Cases to children in foster…Continue Reading >
Feb. 16, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
Characters in Popular CultureUncategorized
Thinking back to your childhood- and maybe into adulthood too- do you remember your favorite television or film character? Was that character a product of the foster care system? Can you name any characters that were youth in foster care? As a child, we learn from and relate to our favorite characters on television and…Continue Reading >
Oct. 27, 2016, 10:28 a.m.
Adoption Awareness MonthResources Philanthropy
At any given time, there are 100,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. That is 1/4th of the foster population! In effort to raise awareness to the children up for adoption, Foster Love - Together We Rise is celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month this November in hopes to bring more awareness of the adoption community. Boston,…Continue Reading >
Oct. 24, 2016, 2:43 p.m.
Disneyland Foster Care 2016: Reuniting SiblingsDisney Days Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Events
After weeks of preparation, the Foster Love - Together We Rise staff successfully hosted our biggest event of the year. Through hours of dedication and development, TWR worked together to coordinate a Disneyland foster care trip for over 300 foster children. With the help of 25 staff and interns, around 240 volunteer chaperones, and 35 volunteer photographers, we…Continue Reading >
Oct. 6, 2016, 8:08 a.m.
Intern Spotlight: Jessica’s experience at Disneyland
Jessica Goras joined the Foster Love - Together We Rise foster care online internships team in July 2016. Through her foster care internships, she raised over $500 for Sweet Cases and another $500+ for our yearly Disneyland trip! Because of her amazing drive and hard work, she was able to join us in California! During her internship, Jessica…Continue Reading >
Oct. 4, 2016, 11:16 a.m.
Intern Spotlight: Fro Yo for Foster CareResources Philanthropy
Holley’s Place Frozen Yogurt in Centralia, Washington wanted to help by partnering with Marissa Dykman, an awesome member of the Foster Love - Together We Rise online foster youth internship. On August 20th, Holley’s Place generously donated 50% of their profits to Foster Love - Together We Rise! Because of this, Marissa will be able to provide 30 Sweet Cases to…Continue Reading >
Sept. 16, 2016, 10:11 a.m.
Intern Spotlight: Cayley’s Children Nonprofit
Cayley Fenoughty became an online intern with children nonprofit Foster Love - Together We Rise so she could continue advocating for children in foster care. As a student at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, she is studying to become a social worker. Here is her experience with the foster care system: “Through seeing my mom and stepdad being…Continue Reading >
Feb. 3, 2016, 1:39 p.m.
Myths About Adoption & Foster Care
When children grow up without a safe, loving home, they are more susceptible to long-term consequences. Although many children in foster care may face some of these consequences, there are still a lot of myths about foster care and adoption that just are not true. Here are some of the myths and facts about foster…Continue Reading >
Feb. 3, 2016, 12:06 p.m.
How To Become a Foster Parent 101Resources
As of September 30th, 2014, over 400,000 children were in foster care in the US. This is a 4% increase from 2012. Children in need of foster parents come in all ages, races, and genders. Children can stay in a foster homes from a few days to several years. It takes a special person to…Continue Reading >
Feb. 3, 2016, 11:53 a.m.
Cost to Foster a Child – Is it Expensive?Resources
According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, one of the misconceptions about the cost to foster a child is that it’s expensive. In reality, foster care adoption is very affordable (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, n.d.). In many instances, Federal and State assistance programs are available during and after the adoption process. Many states offer…Continue Reading >
March 11, 2015, 4:40 p.m.
The Adoption Process from a Foster Kid’s Perspective
So how does foster to adopt work? If you have considered adopting a foster child, it’s an admirable action that could change the life of a child. As a child who was once in foster care, I know there are children of all ages anxiously awaiting loving adoptive parents. According to recent adoption statistics, there…Continue Reading >
Feb. 5, 2015, 5:45 p.m.
Students Give Back to Foster YouthPhilanthropy
We can’t say thank you enough to this group of high school students from Chino, CA. These kids go to a “continuation” high school and usually are the ones receiving support and assistance. At the end of January, they invited 30 foster families to a small festival they hosted at their campus on a Friday…Continue Reading >
Jan. 22, 2015, 7:02 p.m.
Sorry, we were busy changing the world! But we are back and catching up.Corporate Social Responsibility Events
This holiday season was pretty much over the top for everyone at Foster Love - Together We Rise. The amount of support we received around the country was incredible. We received thousands of messages for people wanting to get involved, requesting information about adoption, or just thanking us for what we do day in and day out. We…Continue Reading >
Nov. 21, 2014, 11:10 a.m.
Famous Dave’s Dinner for Foster Families
Last Tuesday, November 11, 2014, while most of us were enjoying a day off, Noel Pantoja and the staff of Famous Dave’s Restaurant in Redlands, California were busy at work hosting 20 local foster families for a delicious barbecue dinner. There was no shortage of sauce-stained smiles as the kids enjoyed their barbecue party, complete with…Continue Reading >
Nov. 4, 2014, 11:19 a.m.
Reuniting 200 Siblings At Disneyland!Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Events
On Sunday, September 21, 2014, Foster Love - Together We Rise brought more than 200 foster children to Disneyland. They also celebrated the 26th birthday of Danny Mendoza, the founder of Foster Love - Together We Rise. Danny established TOGETHER WE RISE, a leader in foster care innovation, at the age of 19. This is the second year in a row TOGETHER…Continue Reading >
Sept. 29, 2014, 1:17 p.m.
Volunteering with Foster Children- SafeLiteCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
On Tuesday, April 23rd the employees at SafeLite Auto Glass came together with Foster Love - Together We Rise. They participated in a fun-filled Bike Build event to be volunteering with foster children in the Ontario area. SafeLite not only purchased 7 new bicycles but the employees came together to build them. It was an exciting event! We…Continue Reading >
Sept. 17, 2014, 4:08 p.m.
Build Bikes for Foster Charity in Orange County, CACorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
Foster Love - Together We Rise has helped over 10,000 kids in foster care and continues to do so with the participation of companies like Sage Software. Providing children in foster homes through foster charity with bicycles means giving them a sense of belonging. Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage in a child’s…Continue Reading >
Sept. 4, 2014, 4:24 p.m.
Wells Fargo Volunteering with Foster Care TWRCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
This past Sunday, we built brand new bikes with 40 foster youth in Corona, California! Luckily, we had lots of help from our friends at Wells Fargo (Call Center, El Monte) volunteering for foster care. We went out to a local foster agency and met with 40 foster youth. We met so many incredible kids who…Continue Reading >
Aug. 7, 2014, 3:42 p.m.
Day 13: Last Stop, BostonPhilanthropy Events
We drifted from our “empire state of mind” and shifted gears to reach our final destination: Boston, Massachusetts. With not such a long drive ahead of us, we decided to check out what Rhode Island had to offer. Rhode Island might be the smallest state in the country but it definitely produces some great people.…Continue Reading >
Aug. 1, 2014, 2:44 p.m.
Day 12: New York State Of MindPhilanthropy Events
“New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There’s nothin’ you can’t do, now you’re in New York.” We were definitely feeling the love as we arrived at our stop number twelve: New York. Now it may be the concrete jungle but we found our way around and make some smiles happen. Now getting to…Continue Reading >
July 29, 2014, 10:10 a.m.
Day 11: Old and New Friends In OhioPhilanthropy Events
We left the 313 (Detroit) and headed through the corn fields to our 11th stop Columbus, Ohio. Ohio feels like a second home to us because of the support from our friends at the Dave Thomas Foundation. A shout out to them for letting us ship some boxes filled with clothes to their office. The…Continue Reading >
July 25, 2014, 7:10 p.m.
Day 10: Celebrating In Style in DetroitPhilanthropy Events
For our 10th stop, we headed to the oldest city in the Midwest, Detroit. In fact, we hosted our event on Detroit’s 212th birthday! A big thanks to the Ennis Center for Children for providing us not only youth for our event, but a great big parking lot for our venue. The Foster Love - Together We Rise…Continue Reading >
July 24, 2014, 8:12 p.m.
Day 9: Windy CityPhilanthropy Events
All aboard to the “windy city” – Chicago, that is. We got to our 9th stop, Chicago, with just enough time to some night seeing. Our team had a lovely night looking at the art they call “the bean” and the beautiful structure of the city. We even got to eat some amazing deep dish…Continue Reading >
July 24, 2014, 6:24 a.m.
Day 8: Dreams, Hot Dogs, and HelpingPhilanthropy Events
On to stop number 8, Indianapolis! We set up our tents and pop-up shop in the hot, hot heat and turned up our music so we could tune out the heat. We held the event at the Martin Luther Kind Jr. Community center in the heart of Indianapolis. They were such great hosts and cooked…Continue Reading >
July 22, 2014, 4:26 p.m.
Day 7: A Little Country And A Little Bit Rock-n-RollPhilanthropy Events
We left Texas and made our way to Nashville to hear some country music and meet some awesome kids. Our team had a fun time exploring Nashville with a few extra hours to spare. We definitely ate plenty of food, listening to great live country music, and meet some awesome people. It was fun going…Continue Reading >
July 21, 2014, 3:48 p.m.
Day 5: Helping Foster Youth in Dallas!Philanthropy Events
Helping Foster Youth in Dallas We decided to stay in Texas for our 4th stop and go to Dallas. Dallas definitely showed us their Southern hospitality and we’re happy to say we now new additions to our TWR family. The event helped out the local Children Protective Services office and they treated us like royalty.…Continue Reading >
July 20, 2014, 7:06 a.m.
Day 4: Texas Shaped Waffles & Dancing
After the rough night, we needed some southern hospitality so we we packed up and headed to Texas. With a somewhat smooth ride, we finally arrived in El Paso. We arrived at our hotel and sat down to Texas shaped waffles and smiling strangers. They say everything is bigger in Texas, so we set out…Continue Reading >
July 18, 2014, 10:30 p.m.
Day 3: Things were heating up on tour in PhoenixPhilanthropy Events
We left Sin City behind and started to make our way to our next stop: Phoenix, Arizona. After leaving Vegas we felt energized by the amazing teens we got to meet. Around 12 am a large “POP” and “SCREECH” were heard from our 24-foot trailer hauling all our gear across country. As we all…Continue Reading >
July 17, 2014, 2:36 p.m.
Day 2 – Viva Las Vegas
For our second stop we are in Las Vegas! We want to mix up Sin City with a little big of giving back, so we headed to Las Vegas where teens lined up to get a piece of the action. We parked in the SAFY (Specialized Alternatives for Family and Youth) parking lot, which provides…Continue Reading >
July 15, 2014, 3:39 p.m.
Giving Back Self Esteem to Teens through Charities for Foster Care!Philanthropy Events
Back to school is usually a time that parents love and kids dread. The only thing kids have to look forward to is getting their brand new back to school gear and showing off their new clothes on the first day of school. Because of this, we’re going on a clothing tour to provide new…Continue Reading >
April 10, 2014, 10:41 a.m.
Volunteering with Foster Kids: Color Vibe RunCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Events
On March 15, 2014, over 2,000 runners gathered for the Color Vibe in Temecula, CA, volunteering with foster kids. The Color Vibe is a 5k race where runners get blasted with different colors at stations throughout the run. As a fun activity filled with music, dancing, running, and loads of colors, the Color Vibe has…Continue Reading >
April 7, 2014, 3:21 p.m.
Easter Foster Care Packages for KidsPhilanthropy Events
On Saturday, April 5th, in Brea, CA 40 volunteers came together and participated in an Easter Basket build event. Children often look forward to waking up on Easter morning and finding a basket full of candy or participating in an egg hunt. For a foster child, this may not be the case. Holidays can be a…Continue Reading >
April 2, 2014, 1:29 p.m.
Sweet Cases with Veterinary Pet InsuranceCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
On Thursday, March 13th, 15 volunteers from Veterinary Pet Insurance came together to build Sweet-Cases for local foster kids at our Brea, CA office. These volunteers were able to assemble 15 Sweet-Cases that included a decorated duffle bag filled with a pillow pet, coloring book, crayons, hygiene kit, personalized note, pillow, and blanket. These items…Continue Reading >
March 17, 2014, 5:55 p.m.
CSUF Guardian Scholars Build Bikes for Foster YouthPhilanthropy Team Building Building Bikes
On Saturday, March 8th, 2014, volunteers from Cal State University Fullerton came alongside Foster Love - Together We Rise and participated in a Bike Build event. The event took place at the Specialized Foster Care Family Agency corporate office in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. During this event, we built 20 new bikes for local foster youth! The volunteers present from…Continue Reading >
March 7, 2014, 10:25 a.m.
Together We Rise wins $10,000 for kids in foster care!Philanthropy Feel Good Friday Events News Recap
Every month Kind snacks supports one project with a $10,000 donation. Different projects get posted to the Kind website and voting takes place throughout the whole month. The project with the most votes at the end of the month receives the donation. During the month of February TWR was neck-and-neck with another project for first…Continue Reading >
Feb. 14, 2014, 10:55 a.m.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day Nationwide
This year our national intern team took Valentine’s Day to the next level. Almost 100 interns from all parts of the country recruited their friends, family members, and fellow students to give back and raise foster donations. Together, they created hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards for the foster youth in their communities. From Portland, Oregon,…Continue Reading >
Feb. 12, 2014, 2:49 p.m.
Valentine’s Day for Foster youth, TWR Style
Throughout the first few weeks of February, Foster Love - Together We Rise was able to host three Valentine’s Day events at our headquarters in Chino, CA. The events took place to create Valentine cards for local foster kids and around the country through their foster care charities. On average, 151 million valentines are exchanged on Valentine’s Day.…Continue Reading >
Jan. 16, 2014, 10:22 a.m.
Suitcases for Foster Kids: Simplicity BankCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building
On Saturday, January 11th, TWR had the opportunity to partner with Simplicity Bank to build Sweet Cases for a local foster home and donate suitcases for foster kids. The event took place at the TWR headquarters in Brea, CA with 20 Simplicity Bank employees. Some of the employees also bought their children along to help! …Continue Reading >
Jan. 15, 2014, 3:47 p.m.
Foster Youth Holiday Shopping Spree!Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy
Christmas season is a time for family, holiday memories, and above all, it’s about giving. During the month of December the temperature is colder, calling for sweaters and jackets to keep warm. For children in foster care, they might not have access to these to keep warm during the holidays. The holiday season is difficult…Continue Reading >
Dec. 19, 2013, 2:55 p.m.
Giving Tour for Kids in Foster CarePhilanthropy Events
The holidays are just around the corner and that means milk and cookies for the local Santa Clauses. But, besides food, the holidays would not be the same without the excitement of having mystery presents to unwrap. And for many foster kids, this time of year shouldn’t be any different for them. This month, our…Continue Reading >
Dec. 13, 2013, 1:52 p.m.
100th Adoption Celebration for Children in Foster Care in San DimasPhilanthropy Events
To bring awareness to National Adoption Month, Foster Love - Together We Rise partnered with the Dave Thomas Foundation to hold an Adoption Festival in honor of the agency’s 100th adoption. That’s 100 children who will no longer have to relocate from home to home; 100 kids who will grow up in the safety of their forever families. The…Continue Reading >
Dec. 13, 2013, 12:08 p.m.
Olive Crest Halloween Foster Kids VolunteerPhilanthropy Events
On Halloween, TWR threw a foster kids volunteer party for 70 children at Olive Crest – an organization that is dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children and preserving families in Los Angeles. The kids and volunteers were definitely in the Halloween spirit. Along with dressing up, the children were also able…Continue Reading >
Oct. 22, 2013, 7:38 p.m.
Volunteer Foster Care with Landmark MedicalPhilanthropy Building Bikes
On Saturday, October 12, TWR partnered with Landmark Medical and 60 volunteers at McKinley Children’s Center in San Dimas, CA to build 100 new bikes and volunteer for foster care. The excitement level was off the charts; many of the children were learning to ride bikes for the very first time! The volunteers were equally…Continue Reading >
Sept. 30, 2013, 11:44 a.m.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it really is a plane! It’s JetBlue helping kids in foster care
This week, JetBlue’s financial team flew Foster Love - Together We Rise to Long Island City, New York to assemble 30 new bikes for children in foster care. JetBlue wanted to have fun while giving back to their community, so they called us up! The collaboration made for an exciting day. The JetBlue crew split into teams to…Continue Reading >
Sept. 25, 2013, 11:27 a.m.
TWR takes 75 foster youth to Disneyland & Kohl’s builds Sweet Cases!
Foster Love - Together We Rise knows how to do birthday bashes right! Birthday Boy Danny Mendoza, founder of Foster Love - Together We Rise, recently faced a very peculiar quandary compared to most young adults in preparation for his birthday- to bike or go to Anaheim, CA- Disney. TWR asked our Facebook supporters and their diplomatic votes expressed their near consensus in taking 75 children to…Continue Reading >
Sept. 8, 2013, 1:12 p.m.
Target Builds Sweet Cases for Foster YouthCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
What do grown-ups and pillow pets have in common? Not much, except that sometimes the grown-ups come to our Brea, CA office here at TWR and help put these stuffed animals in their new hand-drawn homes, Sweet Cases! Last week, Foster Love - Together We Rise partnered with 15 of Target’s Corporate Interns to assemble and decorate 25 Sweet…Continue Reading >
Sept. 8, 2013, 1:03 p.m.
Birthday Surprise for Foster YouthPhilanthropy Events
What’s the coolest gadget you can gift to an 18-year-old who is doing well in school? With a tip from a special Social Worker a local foster youth in Chino, CA, was granted a few birthday wishes. Our staff at Foster Love - Together We Rise investigated a foster youth who had already picked out the perfect gift; a…Continue Reading >
July 24, 2013, 11:35 a.m.
Foster Youth Meet The Cast of Duck DynastyEvents
The call of the wild is strong this week, as we send a flock of foster children to hang out with the cast of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. Nonprofits for children Foster Love - Together We Rise sponsored 10 foster children to attend this event in addition to 40 other foster children from the Mississippi area. The network’s most-watched…Continue Reading >
July 23, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
Foster Families Attend Country Explosion Music FestivalPhilanthropy Events
This weekend TWR team members and several lucky foster families joined masses of other country music fans for the Country Explosion Music Festival in Tooele, Utah. The three-day event included performances by the likes of Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Kellie Pickler, and LeAnn Rimes. TWR team members also had plans to give out duffle…Continue Reading >
July 16, 2013, 11:06 a.m.
Toyota Teams Up with NAPC Donating to Foster CarePhilanthropy Events
Toyota continues to pull through for the foster youth of America. This week, Toyota teamed up with NAPC (North American Parts Center) to build bikes and donating to foster care. A team of Toyota, Crown Lexus, and John Elway’s Crown associates assembled bikes with local foster youth. They also provided them with helmets and locks.…Continue Reading >
July 12, 2013, 4:43 p.m.
Volunteer with Foster Youth: JetBlue Sweet CasesCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building Sweet Cases
With TWR’s help, JetBlue employees in Salt Lake City, Utah assembled 225 Sweet Cases in a totally unique way. Teams played games to win specific items, like pillow pets, crayons and hygiene kits. After collecting items, they carried them around in trash bags to mirror a typical foster child’s experience. Most states provide only a…Continue Reading >
July 3, 2013, 3:37 p.m.
NFL Players Volunteering to Help Kids and Teaches Them FootballCorporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Team Building
Hut, hut, hike! This weekend, TWR teamed up with NFL’s, New York Giants player, Terrell Thomas to raise money for local foster kids. Terrell, along with Keith Rivers (NY Giants), Orlando Scandrick (Dallas Cowboys), and William Blackmon (Seattle Seahawks) ran a football camp to teach young athletes drills while incorporating the power of teamwork and…Continue Reading >
June 20, 2013, 2:16 p.m.
TWR Celebrates Through Birthday Boxes for Foster Care!Philanthropy Events
Our Birthday Boxes for Foster Care Imagine it’s your birthday. You wake up excited, but there’s no cake, ice cream or presents. No one even remembers or acknowledges your special day. While this seems far-fetched for most of us, it’s a reality for too many children in foster care. Without a party, birthdays just aren’t…Continue Reading >
June 11, 2013, 9:40 a.m.
New Macbook for College-bound Foster YouthPhilanthropy
According to statistics, more than seventy-one percent of children who come from abusive homes become high school dropouts. Three out of four children of addicted parents also try drugs and the majority becomes addicted to them. But this young girl would not let herself become a statistic. She told us, “My plans for an Ivy…Continue Reading >
May 17, 2013, 4:44 p.m.
Volunteer – Foster Children Prom Night
Prom is meant to be a night you never forget. Girls spend weeks finding the perfect dress and guys build up the courage to ask their dream date. The night comes, everyone gets ready, and parents and friends gather around to take pictures. Finally, couples head off to their perfect prom night. Volunteer for foster…Continue Reading >
May 8, 2013, 12:44 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunities to Help Youth: State Farm Neighborhood Assist GrantResources Philanthropy
It has been an amazing few months at the TWR Brea, CA office thanks to each and every volunteer reaching out for volunteer opportunities to help youth. Our volunteers have really stepped up their game this year! Not only have they created over 300 Valentines, 400 Easter baskets, 100 birthday gifts, and over 100 Sweet Cases…Continue Reading >
April 15, 2013, 12:15 p.m.
Our Ohio Foster Care FoundationsPhilanthropy Events
Greetings from Columbus, Ohio! This time of year it is mostly cold, snowy and gray, but Foster Love - Together We Rise is shining brighter than ever! We have some friends at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption who are AMAZING and let us use space in their office a few times each week to work on projects…Continue Reading >
March 18, 2013, 4:51 p.m.
10,000 Supporters for Children in Foster Care – No More Trash Bags
This month we decided to take our voice to the next level and bring a petition to the national stage. We refuse to give children trash bags to move their personal belongings in. Our petition is for the whole state of Connecticut to recognize the issue and pledge to give the children duffle bags and…Continue Reading >
March 15, 2013, 6:05 p.m.
Foster Care Donation: Easter Baskets of LovePhilanthropy Events
It was all jelly beans and chocolate bunnies this week at the Foster Love - Together We Rise office in Brea, CA. Our loyal and amazing volunteers did it again with a huge turn out for our Easter basket drive. We were so overwhelmed with the support for foster care donation and people wanting to help that we…Continue Reading >
March 5, 2013, 6:29 p.m.
Social Work Month – 2013
Social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty, abuse, addiction, mental illness, and so much more. They help prevent crises and counsel individuals, families, and communities to cope more effectively with the stresses of everyday life. The National Association of Social Work (NASW) dedicates the month of March to America’s social…Continue Reading >
March 4, 2013, 11:01 a.m.
Volunteer Spotlight: Getting By With A Little Help From Our FriendsResources Philanthropy
The world would be more awesome if more kids like Vinny and his friends existed. Vinny is a teenager from a local high school with the typical high school schedule: school, sports, and hanging out with friends. Unlike most high schoolers, Vinny also spends his free time signing up for volunteer opportunities to help children…Continue Reading >
Feb. 13, 2013, 12:22 p.m.
Volunteers Create Valentine’s Day Cards for foster youth!
Love was definitely in the air at the Foster Love - Together We Rise office in Brea, CA on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. With Valentine’s Day coming up, Foster Love - Together We Rise’s amazing volunteers wanted to make sure foster youth felt the love. We packed the office with candy, hearts, ribbon, and glitter to make over 300 Valentine’s Day…Continue Reading >
Feb. 5, 2013, 12:12 p.m.
Tutus for Tots – Providing New Dresses & Shoes to Foster Youth
Bringing the Magic to the Girls How do we help foster kids? Every girl deserves to be treated like a princess. It was a fairytale kind of day at the Foster Love - Together We Rise office in Brea, CA on Saturday, February 2, 2013. The night before, elves, fairies, and mice worked hard to turn the TWR office…Continue Reading >
Sept. 4, 2012, 7:09 p.m.
Every Child’s Dream Founder Donates 500+ Pillow Pets and Care Packages for Foster Youth
Tasha-Nichole Terani has devoted her life to being a strong voice for those who have none. Her birth mother abandoned her in a dark alley of Tehran. She then spent the next two years of her life in an overcrowded understaffed orphanage, hoping for care packages for foster youth to come. She spent her early…Continue Reading >
July 7, 2012, 12:10 a.m.
Donations for Foster Care: Cure For KodyResources Events
Donations for Foster Care: Cure For Kody Foster Love - Together We Rise wanted to raise donations for foster care and help out a kid in need today. Kody is a 14-year-old boy who loved playing soccer until the doctors told him that he couldn’t play anymore. He loves animals, video games, sports, Knott’s Berry Farm, the beach,…Continue Reading >
July 2, 2012, 2:26 p.m.
Foster Care Process: Mary from Adoption and Foster CareResources
Meet Mary – mother, wife, and the voice behind Adoption and Foster Care, a blog that has become an outlet for her to share her thoughts and experiences as an adoptive and foster mother in an attempt to educate, advocate, and occasionally vent. She also utilizes this platform to share her guides to navigate the…Continue Reading >
June 25, 2012, 3:41 p.m.
How to be a Foster Parn: Attempting Agape by Alex Japodaca & Emily Nichols
Alisa is a 32-year-old single foster mom from Michigan, who is the author of the blog Attempting Agape, which highlights her real-life journeys as a full-time foster parent. Much like the blog title implies (agape means “unconditional love” in Greek), Alisa feels that it is her calling to love her foster children unconditionally and as she…Continue Reading >
May 3, 2012, 3:33 p.m.
Daily Titan features TWR Volunteer to Help Children
Daily Titan features TWR Volunteer to Help Children It’s been an exciting week for TWR‘s founder, Danny Mendoza. He took the front page of California State University, Fullerton’s newspaper, The Daily Titan, on April 24, 2012. The article titled “CSUF Alumnus making a difference,” tells the story of the Bike Build tour that took place…Continue Reading >
May 3, 2012, 3:28 p.m.
Do Something Awards honors TWR Founder
Every year, DoSomething.org presents the Do Something Awards to honor young adults making a difference in the world. Out of more than 1000 applicants, the panel chose Danny Mendoza as one of the 5 finalists! DoSomething.org awards four of the finalists with $10,000 grants and one grand prize winner with a grant totaling $100,000. In…Continue Reading >
May 3, 2012, 3:23 p.m.
Foster Care Organization Together We Rise Founder Receives Jefferson Award
Foster Care Organization Foster Love - Together We Rise Founder Receives Jefferson Award ABC7 honored Danny Mendoza, the founder of the foster care organization Foster Love - Together We Rise, along with four other honorees with the Jefferson Award for Public Service on April 25, 2012, at the ABC7 headquarters in Glendale, CA. The Jefferson award recognizes individuals who contribute their…Continue Reading >
May 1, 2012, 11:14 p.m.
TWR joins One Simple Wish tour!
Saturday, April 28th – Bobby & I anxiously waited at LAX as they called for our section of seats to board the non-stop flight to JFK. It was our first time being on a plane in a while, so we were definitely nervous. As we waited, we spotted a famous basketball player, and Danny saw…Continue Reading >
April 26, 2012, 4:27 p.m.
Foster Home Volunteer at McKinley’s!
Foster Home Volunteer at McKinley’s! On Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m., Foster Love - Together We Rise had an amazing day hosting a foster home volunteer at McKinley Children’s Center in San Dimas. We played free-for-all dodgeball with 40 boys who live on the McKinley campus. The boys did not stray away from playing with our team;…Continue Reading >
March 26, 2012, 12:14 p.m.
Charity for Foster Kids Concert Helping Together We Rise
Charity for Foster Kids Concert Helping TWR On Saturday, March 31 at 9 p.m. there will be a benefit concert at the Fargo VFW. This concert will benefit Foster Love - Together We Rise, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of foster children across the U.S. All funds raised will go towards programs for foster youth, like building…Continue Reading >
March 25, 2012, 11:45 p.m.
Foster Care Volunteering and Running for Youth
Foster Care Volunteering For Emancipated Youth Today, our awesome running team participated in foster care volunteering and gave us some great news from their race this weekend at Knott’s Coaster Run. Below is a snippet we got from one of our runners: “Thank you to everyone that participated today in the Knott’s Coaster Run! Jose…Continue Reading >
Feb. 20, 2012, 11:59 p.m.
Together We Rise takes 14 foster kids to the Los Angeles Lakers Game
Today, we partnered with the Los Angeles Lakers in order to take 14 foster kids to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers donated 20 tickets to Foster Love - Together We Rise. We brought along four of our interns as a thank you for their commitment and hard work! We donated the other 16 tickets…Continue Reading >
Feb. 13, 2012, 12:54 a.m.
Foster Youth Organizations TWR Needs Your Help to Win $100k
Help Foster Youth Organizations TWR Win $100k Foster youth organizations Foster Love - Together We Rise has been selected as a finalist in Toshiba’s Technology Makeover Contest as a part of Toshiba’s 2012 campaign of “Helping the Helpers“. Toshiba will replace our current office equipment with leading-edge innovations that will make our lives, and the lives of those we…Continue Reading >
Empowering Dreams: Foster Love's Family Fellowship ScholarshipResources Family Fellowship Recap
Foster Love, a beacon of hope for foster youth, has been tirelessly working to bridge the gap in higher education access. The Family Fellowship Scholarship, is a testament to their dedication. Thanks to the generous support of Hope and Robert F. Smith, Foster Love has been able to provide foster youth with a transformative opportunity – the chance to pursue a college degree without the burdensome weight of financial constraints. With each student awarded up to $60,000, Foster Love is not only offering financial relief but also a chance for these young individuals to break free from the cycle of limited opportunity.Continue Reading >