MONMOUTH JUNCTION – Fostering Wishes for Children, a service of Foster and Adoptive Family Services, recently granted its 1,000 wish to a New Jersey child in foster care, which was a therapy toy to help strengthen a developmentally delayed infant.
Since its inception in 2000, Fostering Wishes for Children has given New Jersey’s children in foster care the chance to take advantage of opportunities that enrich their lives, boost their self-esteem and promote feelings of belonging.
Fostering Wishes for Children grants modest wishes from New Jersey’s children in foster care for special activities or items that, due to financial constraints, the state and their foster parents are unable to provide. Wishes have been granted for art, music and dance lessons, scouting fees, sports registration fees, prom bids, and more.
The experience of having a wish granted has an overwhelmingly positive effect on these children, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and placed in foster care. The impact of the Fostering Wishes for Children program extends far beyond a one-time gift or event.
“Besides granting wishes for children in care, Fostering Wishes for Children shows foster parents that their communities support them, and that knowledge helps them continue to foster year after year,” explains Janet Farrand, FAFS Vice President. “Retaining foster parents gives children in foster care a chance for greater stability.”
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