Illinois - BloomingtonAug. 26, 2016

September 2016 – Current Opportunities in Bloomington, Normal Area

Thank you for stopping by our page!  There are so many opportunities to serve our local foster care community!  Please feel free to email Jami at bloomington.il@theforgotteninitiative.org or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page if you have any questions or want to get involved!

Service Projects

School Supplies – school is back in session for most of our kids but supplies are needed throughout the year because when kids are removed from their home, too often there is not time to grab anything, much less their backpacks.  Also depending on the availability of foster parents willing to take them, many times kids are transferred to new schools, possibly in or out of their district or community.

Gift Cards – Birthdays and special holidays pass without mention for many of our kids in foster care. Gifts cards to Walmart, Toys R Us, Target, etc. provide ways for caseworkers to shop for or with the kids on their caseload, giving them a special gift on their special day.  No child should feel forgotten.

Baby Items – One of our agencies recently took in 4 newborns.  They are in need of wipes and other (gender neutral | 0-6 month) items like pacifiers, bottles, onesies, rattles, blankets, and socks.  We only accept brand new items.

If you would like to make a complete Journey Bag for an infant, let us know – (see contact form below)

Art Supplies – Children spend a lot of time in our agency rooms visiting their parents.  We are running low on supplies at one of our agencies.  Construction paper, washable crayons and markers,  stickers and coloring books are helpful in encouraging play between parent and child.

Bed Frame – 2 children are sleeping with mattresses on the floor.  To help the licensing process move more quickly, their worker asked for 2 bed frames (twin).  You can purchase this one right now!  Click here!  PRAISE!!  – Need met!

Emergency Clothing – Kids are removed from their homes and often leave behind everything they once had, including a change of clothes.  We provide DCFS with an emergency stock of outfits for each size so children can enter their new foster home in a new outfit.  Last month 7 children utilized this emergency clothing.

Current sizes needed are:

Items should be brand new or (very gently) used:

  • Girl (2T)
  • Girl (5T)
  • Girl (6T)
  • Girl (7/8)
  • Girl (10-12)
  • Boy (14-16)

Ongoing Opportunities

Join a Beautification Team! – What does this mean?  Beautification Teams could be made up of one or more people willing to clean and organize rooms in agencies were kids visit with their parents, wait for a foster home, or participate in therapy and counseling.  This is a great way to serve alongside your kids or small group.  We are looking for 4 new teams willing to serve on a monthly basis.

Mentoring

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about our mentoring program.  We have referrals of children in need of a mentor, someone willing to invest in their life on an ongoing basis.  We train you, support you and walk alongside you as you step into the life of the one who needs you.

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Jami Kaeb

Jami Kaeb is a dreamer and a coffee lover! She is married to Clint and the mother of seven – five through adoption. It was through a difficult season of waiting, that Clint and Jami's eyes were opened to the foster care community. They became foster parents to three siblings who they eventually adopted and in April of 2011, Jami founded The Forgotten Initiative. Jami views life as a great adventure with Jesus and desires simply to know Him more and share His love with those who feel forgotten.

Follow Jami's personal blog at www.lifewithapersonalgod.org

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