12 Days of Giving 2016 - Ark Homes Family Foster Agency
By Megan McClain
Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage being altruistic and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature shares the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform, inspire and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.
Day Eight – Ark Homes Family Foster Agency
Spending time with loved ones is the most beautiful part of the holiday season, but some children are separated from their parents. They are still loved and cared for by a foster family.
The challenge for Ark Homes Foster Family Agency is to find caring, loving and capable families willing to care for children in crisis for a short time or for years. The agency supports foster children through programs and rewards them for their efforts in school and beyond.
Serving an average of 350 children a year, Ark Homes works to train and support foster parents and the children in care. Many of the children come in under distress or with ADHD or other conditions because of parental drug use.
Foster parents go through training, health exams and home inspections before receiving a child under their care. They are required to provide a bed and appropriate furniture for the child, and they receive a monthly check to cover needs of the child.
Money donations to the agency fund several programs. Ark Homes is currently raising money to build a resource center with computers and internet to serve the needs of chlldren in the program. It also provides school supplies, care kits for new foster children, foster family activities and events and gift cards.
Ark Homes Foster Family Agency is located at 9645 Arrow Route, Bldg. 5, Suite A, in Rancho Cucamonga. To find out more about foster parenting or to donate, visit arkhomesffa.org or call (909) 948-5747.