Fostering Community operates The Louisiana Heart Gallery in the Alexandria region. 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.
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 also the leading entity for our parish’s My community Cares initiative, in partnership with The Pelican Center, Judge Davidson and the 9th
Judicial court. This initiative works to prevent child abuse and neglect and the entry of children into foster care by partnering together to build the capacity of the community and to connect Louisiana’s most vulnerable children and families to the supports and services they need to be safe, stable, and self-sufficient
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 to help 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!