David White, CEO of Fostering Great Ideas
Fostering Great Ideas exists to improve the lives of children as they struggle in foster care. We are with the children at every point of their journey through the uncertainty.
We began with a dream in 2011 and now serve over 250 children in foster care with meaningful interventions that change their lives. This year, 35 children have healthier parents, each renewed through Moms Matter, our weekly peer support program where moms face obstacles together, accept responsibility for the pain they have caused, and work diligently to be the parent their children need. The program began in 2015 and now is in 3 upstate counties.
65 children have meaningful sibling relationships, each sibling group restored through Sib-Link, our monthly visit program where siblings separated in foster care rekindle their relationships, begin to heal from common trauma, and learn to lean on one another for the support they want now and for the challenges ahead. The program began in 2015 and is now in 2 upstate counties.
125 youth in foster care have positive relationships with reliable adults – mentors vetted through our Life Support program. Each volunteer meets with their mentee twice per month. Obstacles are surmounted, confidence builds, and life becomes filled with possibility. The program began in 2012 and is now in 3 upstate counties.
Our work serves many more in ways that promote mental health, long-term relationship, and academic opportunity. Fostering Great Ideas changes the trajectory of children in foster care.
How You Can Help
For iOngreenville readers interested in supporting these efforts, we have volunteer opportunities to tutor and mentor children in foster care. We also have our evening benefit event on Oct 24th. Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website at https://fgi4kids.org/