an alliance for combined action
The #FosterLove Coalition is made up of communities around Tennessee who come together to meet the emergent and ongoing needs of children who are at risk of coming into foster care, in care, or aging out.
In its first 11 months, TAK has used #FosterLove to provide $25,008 of tangible needs for children with emergent and ongoing needs involved with foster care.
The #FosterLove Coalition, aka: “FosterLove” has received 88 requests from DCS, which translates to the emergent needs of 207 children. In March 2017, TAK started tracking the primary purpose of the request. Since then, TAK has met needs that have kept 13 children from coming into foster care, and has helped to reunify 14 families.
How it works: When a case manager identifies a need of a child they go to the TAK website where they use a special password to access a request form. Once completed, the request is submitted to TAK. TAK then establishes if any additional needs are present (example: if a grandmother has just taken custody of her toddler and infant grandchildren, the request might be for a high chair, but further communication might reveal the infant needs diapers or clothing, etc).
Once the request is settled, TAK shares this need with individuals, churches, businesses, etc via social media and email. TAK works to ensure the needs are met within the designated timeframe DCS has set based on the circumstances. Those items are delivered directly to DCS to give to its clients.
Here's how your community can be a part of this coalition as TAK works to #FosterLove:
1. "Like" our Facebook page
2. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to receive our newsletter and receive updates for how you can help.
3. You can also GIVE today (select "emergent needs" from the menu options.) As you give, consider choosing to set your giving on a recurring basis to help TAK better plan for the emergent and ongoing needs they're asked to provide for Tennessee's children
If you'd like to discuss this more, please reach out to us today! You can like our Face Book page for requests and updates as they come available. You can also sign up for our newsletter HERE to get the latest news on a monthly basis or sign up below to get in contact with us and receive email alerts when needs come in.
Thank you for providing this information. TAK appreciates your desire to help
the emergent needs of Tennessee's children!