We are marking Foster Care Month, celebrated each May, by shining a spotlight on two organizations seeking magazines for children in foster care. The literacy needs for Project Shoe Box in Wisconsin and The New York Foundling are posted in the MagazineLiteracy.org Magazine Literacy Marketplace – the first and only global platform for sharing and for crowdfunding the magazines we love for delivery to literacy programs serving at-risk children, teens, adults, and families.
MagazineLiteracy.org gets magazines into the hands and hearts of children where the needs and the potential positive impact are greatest. Two literacy focus areas serve children in foster care and domestic violence shelters, where children must quickly leave unsafe homes and all their possessions behind due to violence and poor living conditions. A magazine in the hands of a child in a shelter or foster care can provide welcome relief and compassion. We need support to get more magazines to more at-risk children who want to read them.
According to the Casey Family Programs – the nation’s largest foundation focused entirely on foster care and improving the child welfare system – there are over 400,000 children in foster care right now.
Project Shoe Box was founded in 2012 with the goal of providing a care package to children entering foster care in Southeastern Wisconsin. Project Shoe Box strives to provide a care package to every child being removed from their homes due to unsafe situations such as abuse and neglect.
From the first baby taken out of the cold of a 19th Century October night, to the thousands of children finding safety with loving families more than 140 years later, The New York Foundling has upheld a commitment to protect society’s most vulnerable children – to “Abandon No One.” Today, The Foundling’s extensive network of community based services provides havens for children whose safety is at risk, loving foster and group facilities to protect children and support for families to strengthen them.
Help us change the world – one child – one magazine at a time.