Fostering Community operates The Louisiana Heart Gallery in the Alexandria region in partnership with its founding organization, Empower225. The Louisiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic display of children available for adoption from foster care. In addition to recruiting foster and adoptive families, The Louisiana Heart Gallery team provides photography, videography, and support to children in foster care across our state. For more information on the Louisiana Heart Gallery, please visit this link on our website
Fostering Community created “The Foster Care Closet” in Alexandria that provides new and used clothing, beds, baby gear, school supplies, and other essential items to children in foster care at no charge to foster families. Children entering foster care typically have little or no clothing or belongings. This program also gives our community a tangible way to serve foster families and children.
In addition to the foster care closet, we provide first night supplies in every DCFS office across the Alexandria region, so that when children are entering care, they will have a backpack full of items needed for their first night. Our first night supplies include toiletries, pajamas, diapers, wipes, bottles, socks, underwear, toys, a teddy bear, and so much more!
Youth Development Programs provide resources, support, and experiences for youth to build resiliency and reach their fullest potential. Youth are engaged with youth community nights, a youth action board, personal growth opportunities, and in-depth case management services. The Youth Action Board is made up of current and former foster youth who co-design and execute all of our programs, advocate on behalf of youth in our community, assist in grant writing, engage in the judicial system, and more.
Fostering Families: New Foster Parent Mentoring program was created from the belief that becoming a foster parent is not a road anyone should travel alone. We created a mentoring program where experienced foster parents become trained mentors for new foster families and help them navigate the foster care system.
Cenla Foster Parent Support Group and Online Community is a support group where we offer education, trauma informed trainings, and help build a strong support system for foster families.
We are the leading entity for Rapides Parish My community Cares initiative, in partnership with The Pelican Center for Children and Families, Judge John Davidson, and the 9th
Judicial court. The mission of My Community Cares is to strengthen families and support communities. MCC envisions communities where all children and families are healthy and safe and have equitable access to services and supports. Through My Community Cares, children and families, and community members come together to establish relationships, share experiences, support one another, and build resilience.
In addition to foster care support, we work towards family preservation through our safe sleep program, where we provide safe sleep education and pack n plays to birth families at risk of foster care entry and to help the family remain intact and to help reduce SIDS.
Our grassroots nonprofit offers people in our community tangible opportunities to help children in foster care. Some of our other programs include Birthday in a Box Kits, Weighted Blanket Program, Christmas Joy Project, and the Back to School readiness program. If you desire to help children in foster care, we would love for you to be a part of what we’re doing!