Programs

Programs

Programs

Ready for Kindergarten

Ready for Kindergarten helps our youngest foster children, ages 0 to 5, attend quality early learning centers and be prepared to enter Kindergarten. Early learning centers expose children to a language-rich setting and offer activities that promote math and reading skills. A child’s early years are the foundation of their future development, providing a strong basis for lifelong learning, and cognitive and social development. Through Ready for Kindergarten, we also submit referrals to identify potential development delays.

Tutoring (Academic Mentoring)

Academic Mentors (tutors) provide one-to-one tutoring and guidance up to three times a week for the full year to children who are, or were in foster care. Students are pre and post-tested to track their progress and accurately assess specific needs. The Academic Mentor provides much needed stability by staying with the child wherever they are placed, from home-to-home or school-to-school.

We offer tutoring 12 months a year. Our academic mentors continue to provide tutoring services at after school and summer camps. It is of particular importance to our organization that the children do not experience summer slide.

What makes this program unique is we continue to tutor the children even after their case closes with the courts. This continued educational support has resulted in a 100% high school graduation rate compared to the national rate of only 50%.

Scholarships

Nationally, only 4% of foster children graduate college. The Fostering Success’ Scholarship was established to assist foster children in achieving their educational goals. We established a scholarship for students who are or were in foster care obtain a college degree, or a certificate at a technical school.

Thriving After Care

Thriving After Care is for young adults (ages 18-23) who are transitioning out of the foster care system and provides them with the life skills necessary to succeed. Classes include cooking; financial literacy; resume building and applying for a job; finding housing; advanced schooling, etc.

After School Activities

Fostering Success offers enrichment opportunities for foster children in after school programs and clubs.  After School activities are important for foster children for multiple reasons. An elementary aged child’s school day ends at 2:50 pm while a middle school child’s day ends at 4:10 p.m. Most foster families have at least one caregiver working, and the children would be without appropriate supervision if it were not for our after school programs. Quite a few of the programs take place on the school campus, others are at Sports Club, YMCA of Greater Naples, or the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, etc. This way they are in a safe nurturing environment and not latchkey kids.

Basic Needs

Many times when children are removed from their home they are placed in the homes of a relative or non-relative caregiver. More often than not, these families are already struggling to make ends meet and rarely have money to absorb the additional costs. There is no federal or state funding to help these families taking in the children in times of crisis. Fostering Success distributes beds, strollers, diapers and safety equipment for younger children. School age children receive beds, school supplies, clothing, and toiletries.

Emergency Backpacks

The emergency backpacks provide 3- to 4- days of emergency personal supplies to foster children when they are removed in times of crisis. Many times, due to issues of abuse and neglect, children are removed suddenly from their homes and they take nothing with them – just the clothes they are wearing. The Backpacks include: a blanket, small pillow, PJ’s, underwear, an outfit for school, toothbrush, toiletries, a book, cuddly toy and basic school supplies.

Celebrating Birthdays

Imagine being six years old and having a birthday that is just like any other day: no cards, no cake, no presents, no special treat, no outing just for you. This too often is how a foster child experiences their birthday. On average, a foster child experiences four moves and 3 birthdays during the course of their stay in the foster care system. With such constant upheaval, it isn’t surprising that a child’s birthday often gets lost in the shuffle.  The Birthday Club delivers to foster children a special card including a $25 gift card, so they know that someone is thinking of them on their birthday.

Summer Camps

Foster children can attend action-packed summer day camps for up to eight weeks where they can explore individual skills, learn new things, be active and make friends. There are also a variety of specialized camps the children can experience, including STEAM, robotics, tennis, water skiing, sailing, theater and more. The camps also help with their mental health and social-emotional needs as they are not experiencing isolation and loneliness.  By attending summer camps they are in a safe and fun-filled environment.

Heartstrings Music & Arts

The Heartstrings Music & Arts program is a program that provides music and dance lessons, band, art classes, theater, and other forms of creative arts through a variety of enrichment activities to improve upon their social and cognitive development and above all, bring joy into their lives. We cover expenses such as registration, costumes, instruments, classes and professional instruction.

Sports Activities

Enrichment activities give the children the opportunity to make new friends, learn something new, develop new skills, or hone on existing ones, and discover a passion for a sport. Foster kids can play sports they have never been able to play, such as soccer, baseball, basketball, track, football, volleyball, and other fun sporting activities. We pay for their registration, uniforms and equipment.