What is your greatest need?
Thank you for asking! The families served through Foster Village are completely funded by your donations. We do not receive any state funding, and the number of families served is utterly dependent on what donations allow. For example, a large percentage of requests, like car seats, beds and mattresses, must be purchased new for safety reasons. When you give, however big or small, these urgent needs can be met.
Please visit the giving page to make an online donation or to become a Monthly Partner.
Our business is interested in being a support to our local foster care community. What are some ways to do this?
We are so grateful for businesses like yours! There are several partnership opportunities to show your support for our community’s most vulnerable. Please fill out our contact form and our Executive Director, Chrystal, will be in touch.
I have items I’d like to donate. What do you accept?
Thank you for thinking of Foster Village for your donations! We can only accept new and “like new” donations of the basic necessities that we provide to children entering foster care. We cannot accept used car seats, mattresses, toys, or anything in need of repair. While our goal is to ensure that every child we serve receives brand new items that help them feel valued and cared for, we do supplement our clothing inventory with some “consignment quality” donations that are the high quality, name brand clothes that can often times be cost prohibitive for some families.
That said, when we receive a mountain of donations to sort through, it can be overwhelming to our small team and counterproductive to our mission. Since we distribute such a high volume of beds and car seats (hundreds each year!), we only accept those new to ensure safety.
For gently used items that we do not accept at our resource centers, we have created a community Facebook group called Foster Village Swap where folks can post items to donate directly to a foster family who wants them.
How do I make an in-kind donation?
To make an in-kind donation, please visit our In-Kind Donations page and fill out the form to request a drop off. A member of our team will review the items you would like to donate and be in touch to schedule a drop off time and location. Please note that we cannot accept unsolicited donations or drop offs.
We’d like to host a donation drive for new items. What are your most needed items?
I’m a foster parent in need of support. How can I get plugged in?
You are why we are here, and we look forward to supporting you! For more information about how we can serve you, fill out the Request Form, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
Where are you located?
We have two resource centers: Oak Haven is located at 15400 Fitzhugh Rd. Dripping Springs 78620. And our Limerick resource center is located in North Austin at 12410 Limerick Ave. Austin 78758.
Please contact us to schedule a time to come by either location!
How can I request a weighted blanket and/or therapeutic toys?
We provide weighted blankets and other sensory and therapeutic objects through our Project SOOTHe program. To request an item, click here to fill out our request form and we will be in touch soon.
How do I volunteer?
We love our volunteers! They are what keep us running and help us connect foster families with the resources they need most. Please check out our current list of volunteer opportunities here. And if you have a special skill or expertise that you’d like to offer, please complete our contact form to provide us with details.
Do you have any after-hours volunteer options?
Our small team works primarily Monday- Friday from 9am-5pm, so we do not generally have volunteer opportunities on-site outside of those hours. As an alternative, we can give you a list of items to collect for Encouragement Packs and/or Family Connection Packs to assemble and drop off at your convenience.
We need a Foster Village in our city/town. How can we start one?
We are glad you asked! We have an affiliate program that allows those passionate about supporting foster families to replicate our model and materials in their city. To check out our current locations and application process here.
I’m interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent. Where should I start?
A willingness to learn more is the best place to start! We recommend researching your local child placement agencies and attending orientations to get a feel for which agency is the best fit. Recommendations from current foster parents can also be very helpful. Many of our volunteers start with us as a way to get a better feel for what it’s like to be a foster family and later go on to get licensed, so volunteering is a great first step as well.
Can someone from Foster Village come and speak at our school, church, small group, community group, etc.)?
Yes, we’d love to! Please complete our contact form and tell us a little about your event.