Volunteer Opportunities with Foster Kids
The most important way to volunteer with foster kids is to become a foster parent. We continuously search for people in the community to provide loving, nurturing and healing homes to abused and neglected children who have been identified by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
The need is great. There are over 10,000 Texas children waiting for foster and/or adoptive homes. In Bexar County, there are as many as 250 children a month who need to be placed in a foster home. When foster homes are not found, these children are placed in emergency shelters and continue to wait for a foster family.
To learn more about becoming a Foster parent, see our Foster Caregivers page.
Become a Mentor
Foster Care children and youth travel life alone. They seldom have a special person to assure them that their dreams can come true.
There is often no one to hear their problems and pat them on the back for small successes.
What can you do?
- Mentors share life experiences
- Show youth that positive choices result in a positive life,
- Mentors take youth to the movies or share a meal,
- Explore careers and higher education,
- Set goals for the future, and have fun!
For more details, see Be a Mentor, Inc
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. Research has found that the organization effectively helps children make the positive choices needed in order for them to stay in school, stay out of prison and to graduate from high school or earn their GED.
Headquartered in San Antonio, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas ranks as one of the 10 largest agencies of the national organization. In 2008, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas supported 3,082 children in one to one mentoring relationships.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas has served the Bexar County area since 1978, and has expanded to serve Atascosa, Bexar, Brazos, Cameron, Comal, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Kendall, Kerr, Kleberg, Maverick, Nueces, San Patricio, Webb, and Wilson counties.
For more details, see Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
Need More Ideas?
See our article on Great Ways to Help Children in Foster Care