First and foremost, you can open your heart and home and become a resource parent. There are over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States and over 20,000 children within LA County alone, all in need of a supportive and safe place to call home. You can specialize in providing emergency placement, short-term placement for children in need of immediate care until an appropriate resource home is secured; foster care only, temporary care for children until they are able to reunify with family or be placed with an adoptive family; or foster-to-adopt, fostering with the hope and intent to adopt. To learn more about foster care and becoming a resource parent, click here.
If you are not able or ready to become a resource parent, you can become a mentor for our youth and young adults. Mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone invested in them, someone who cares about them, affirms they matter, and assures they are not alone in navigating their daily challenges. Further, research confirms that quality-mentoring relationships have profound positive effects on young people. To learn more about our young adults and how to become a mentor, click here. You can also learn more at our Volunteer Match site here.
There are also many volunteer opportunities beyond mentoring. For instance, you can attend one of our mentoring events as a guest speaker and share your experiences and expertise. Primary topics of interest include job readiness, financial management, and education preparation. You can also host an event or sponsor our youth to attend an event. For more information or additional volunteer opportunities, contact us here.
Make tax-deductible contributions on your behalf as well as in honor of or in memory of friends and family. You can also designate your gift for a specific purpose. Be sure to include the name of the person being honored or remembered and/or let us know if you want to remain anonymous.
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In-kind donations may include gift cards or certificates, passes to theme parks, sporting, music or cultural events, new toys, new clothing for children babies or youth, and other new items. Please contact us at 213-365-2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make an in-kind donation.
You can make contributions in honor of or in memory of friends and family. Please either donate online or mail a check. Be sure to include the name of the person being honored or remembered and let us know if you want to remain anonymous.
Many companies offer a charitable matching gift program which can double the value of your contribution. To find out if your company participates in this program, contact your Human Resources Department. If your company matches gifts, complete your portion of the company’s matching gift form and include it with your contribution.
You can support Extraordinary Families with a gift of appreciated shares of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities. Donating securities that have appreciated in value since initial purchase may provide significant tax advantages. Consult your tax advisor for details specific to your situation.
Children and youth receive gifts when entering our foster homes, on their birthdays, during the holidays and just because. Further, youth preparing to transition out of foster care or who have already emancipated need incidentals to help them along their way towards self-sufficiency. We also rely on the generosity of friends and community supporters to provide additional items needed by our agency. Contact us here for a list of gift suggestions or needed items.
We adhere to a strict non-discrimination policy, whereby we do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations.
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Contact: Please contact the Development Department at 213-365-2900 or info@ExtraordinaryFamilies.org if you have any questions regarding donations.
ExtraordinaryFamilies is a 501(c)(3) organization (TAX ID #95-4440220). Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please consult your tax advisor for your own tax planning.
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