Palm Beach County, often viewed as affluent, is riddled with social issues such as child abuse and neglect. Children are being removed from their homes, due to no fault of their own, in record numbers. To date, there are approximately 1500 children in foster care in our community. Perhaps even more astounding is that 45% of the children in care are under the age of 5 and 78% are under the age of 13.
Friends of Foster Children of Palm Beach County is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich lives impacted by foster care. The agency, a result of a mutual merger of two longtime Palm Beach County organizations (The Foster and Adoptive Parents Association and Friends of Abused Children) created a vision to enrich lives impacted by foster care by providing services, support and education to overcome the effects of child abuse and neglect. It is our hope that each of these children can experience a healthy, happy childhood and become productive members of society.
Friends of Foster Children provides seven comprehensive programs to foster children that are adjudicated dependent and their caregivers including foster parents, adoptive parents, relative and non-relative foster parents. Services include advocacy, navigation, therapeutic tutoring and education, support services and tangible goods such as emergency bags for children entering the dependency system, gently used clothing, and equipment.
Friends of Foster Children of Palm Beach County believes that everyone deserves a happy childhood.