The Fund For Alexandria's Child

The Fund For Alexandria's Child ...Helping Foster Children Enjoy Experiences Others Take for Granted. The Fund for Alexandria's Child helps children in foster care and those at risk of abuse or neglect to experience the richness of life through such activities as dance, art or karate lessons, summer camping, school field trips, Scouting and team sports.

Because of the generosity of our hometown neighbors, we can proudly say that Alexandrians are a community "taking care of our own."

Mission: To enhance the quality of life for foster children and children at risk of abuse and neglect by promoting community awareness, involvement and resource development.

Our hearts are full, #alexandriava! Thank you for clearing our Amazon wish list  in less than 12 hours! You shared the l...
02/15/2021

Our hearts are full, #alexandriava! Thank you for clearing our Amazon wish list in less than 12 hours! You shared the love. We will be sure to share photos as the items begin to arrive to our office and then to the homes of our kids! From our hearts, to yours thank you!

Happy Valentine's Day! We are hoping to spread some love to some pretty special kids this year! Would you join us in hel...
02/14/2021
Amazon Custom Gift List

Happy Valentine's Day! We are hoping to spread some love to some pretty special kids this year! Would you join us in helping to provide books, educational activities, and fun?

View our wish list here:
https://www.amazon.com/registries/custom/3NUSJOATENF8K/guest-view?ref=gr_search_page_result
Any items purchased will be shipped directly to our office.

Thank you so, so much for always believing in the kids we serve!๐Ÿฅฐ Because of you, TOGETHER, we are changing the way kids in Alexandria experience time in care.

Worthdays Thank you for spreading the love! We HEART you and all of your supporters! We are so thankful to be a part of ...
02/10/2021

Worthdays Thank you for spreading the love! We HEART you and all of your supporters! We are so thankful to be a part of this community of giving who show kids you care for Valentine's Day and everyday of the year. These sweet valentine goodies are on their way to Alexandria kiddos and teens receiving child welfare services.

During Black History Month and throughout the year, we must not forget African-American foster youth, who represent an i...
02/04/2021

During Black History Month and throughout the year, we must not forget African-American foster youth, who represent an inordinate percentage of the 400,000 children who pass through the U.S. child welfare system each year. Children in foster care have the same potential, goals and dreams. They find themselves in foster care due to no fault of their own. To remember this, letโ€™s celebrate the resilient spirits of these African-American leaders who overcame the challenges of living in the foster care system:

Tiffany Haddish, Comedian and Actress
Regina Louise, author of โ€œSomebodyโ€™s Someone,โ€ child advocate, and motivational speaker
Simone Biles, four-time Olympic champion
Michael Oher, NFL football offensive tackle. The Academy Award-winning 2009 film โ€œThe Blind Sideโ€ is based on his story.
Tommy Davidson, comedian, film and television actor
Eddie Murphy, comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director

To say that 2020 has been a challenging year is quite an understatement. In this field, we are no strangers to challenge...
12/30/2020

To say that 2020 has been a challenging year is quite an understatement. In this field, we are no strangers to challenges, but this year has been uniquely so. Nevertheless, you adapted, innovated, and remained unwaveringly focused on the mission of joy giving. Once again, you have responded and made a tremendous impact in the lives of many in Alexandria that would not experience the joy of the holidays without you. From our hearts to yours โ€“ thank you for another year of caring!

Holiday Sharing Gift Card distribution begins for our families tomorrow! Thank you to our 288 "Sponsor a Family" donors!...
11/17/2020

Holiday Sharing Gift Card distribution begins for our families tomorrow! Thank you to our 288 "Sponsor a Family" donors! You made good things happen. Every family will pick up a grocery gift card for a holiday meal and a Target gift card for every child. These gift cards will be in beautifully decorated in red and green envelopes courtesy of a special volunteer project coordinated by Volunteer Alexandria. An extra special shoutout to Old Town Books for gifting the gift of reading. Because of their generosity every child will receive a coupon for a free book. Time and time again you all have proven that when there is a need, this community will far exceed meeting it.

Wow! We are at the halfway point but there are still 250 families that need help to enjoy the holiday season. Financial ...
10/22/2020

Wow! We are at the halfway point but there are still 250 families that need help to enjoy the holiday season. Financial and emotional stress dampen the holiday cheer of our neighbors in need. This is especially true this year. In an effort, to keep our clients, volunteers and staff safe, this year only we are asking for gift cards exclusively-- a grocery gift card for a holiday meal and a $75 Target gift card for every child. (We have small families that range in size from one child to families with as many as seven children.) Sign up here today and and we can match you with a family as soon as this week. https://apps.alexandriava.gov/HolidaySharing/

A HUGE thank you to those who have already signed up to help! Because of you 200 families, all children and teenagers in foster care and all seniors and disabled adults have been sponsored.

For the more than 20,000 youth who age out of foster care each year, adulthood brings new challengesโ€”the most immediate ...
10/08/2020

For the more than 20,000 youth who age out of foster care each year, adulthood brings new challengesโ€”the most immediate of which is finding stable housing.

KTT has obtained stable housing but needs our help to make it a home. He has had some furniture donations already but what he does not have are essential household goods needed for cooking, sleeping or cleaning. Would you join us in helping fill his apartment but also showing him that we believe in him?

View his wish list here:
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/20OBX7DYFQLLH?ref_=wl_share

Any items purchased will be shipped directly to KTT.

If you are able to make a purchase, please comment below what you have purchased so that we can ensure there are no duplicates. We are so, so grateful that we can say YES to helping in these situations knowing there are so many willing to jump in and make it possible.

If you have something to donate but donโ€™t see it on the list below, please send an email to [email protected]

Thank you so, so much for always believing in the kids we serve!

134 Birthdays Celebrated! 134 Smiles! 134 Kids Knowing Their Worth!
09/25/2020

134 Birthdays Celebrated! 134 Smiles! 134 Kids Knowing Their Worth!

While we are celebrating, we can't forget that this month marks 3 years of our partnership with The Fund For Alexandria's Child that has resulted in 134 birthdays being celebrated of kids in Alexandria's foster care system!

This is truly ONLY possible because of the amazing supporters in NOVA that believe kids in foster care deserve to be celebrated! We are so grateful to Krystal Fenwick at Alexandria City Department of the Community and Human Services who helps makes this possible. Thank you so, so much to each and every sponsor that has ensured kids ranging in age from 1-21 in the City of Alexandria know they are so very worthy of being celebrated!

In light of COVID-19 we are making modifications to our Holiday Sharing program to ensure the safety of our donors, fami...
09/21/2020

In light of COVID-19 we are making modifications to our Holiday Sharing program to ensure the safety of our donors, families, volunteers, and staff. For more information on how to help and changes for this year please visit www.alexandriava.gov/holidaysharing

08/21/2020
Our Response to COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, many of the families and children we serve are struggling to make ends meet, and with the help of our community, we have continued saying YES to fulfilling every request we receive. We debuted this video during the #StayatHomeGala and are now thrilled to share what we have accomplished over the past few months because of YOU!

Wow! What a night! FUND Family, you really stood up for Alexandria children and families last night! Thank you! Over 54K...
08/16/2020

Wow! What a night! FUND Family, you really stood up for Alexandria children and families last night! Thank you! Over 54K raised thus far!!! Stay tuned over the coming days as we share some event highlights!

We are only a day away from The Stay at Home Gala! Be sure to sign on Zoom at 7:30 for some pre-party fun to include tri...
08/13/2020

We are only a day away from The Stay at Home Gala! Be sure to sign on Zoom at 7:30 for some pre-party fun to include trivia and a cocktail demonstration from our friend and bartender at Southside815, Tara! Ingredients for the Peach Old Fashioned will be delivered tomorrow in party packs for 25 of our lucky guests! Thank you to our signature drink sponsor Transitions for making this possible!

Head over to our event website https://StayHomeFFAC.givesmart.com in the "ITEMS" section you can preview our amazing auc...
08/12/2020

Head over to our event website https://StayHomeFFAC.givesmart.com in the "ITEMS" section you can preview our amazing auction items. You will have to join us on Zoom at our Stay at Home Gala to bid on these incredible packages! They will be auctioned off LIVE on Friday, August 14. It's not too late to join us!

We'd like to give a sponsor shout out and a BIG thank you to Tisdale Law Firm PLLC! Corey recently joined the Advisory C...
08/10/2020

We'd like to give a sponsor shout out and a BIG thank you to Tisdale Law Firm PLLC! Corey recently joined the Advisory Council and we are thrilled to have him working alongside us and advancing our mission! Thank you Corey for all that you have done and will continue to do for children and families in Alexandria.

You've probably heard the saying "children are our future," and the statement stands true for these kids. Thank you Kids...
07/28/2020

You've probably heard the saying "children are our future," and the statement stands true for these kids. Thank you Kids Helping Kids - Lemonaide Day for supporting The Fund by being a sponsor of the Stay at Home Gala and for your work in cultivating leadership through youth-led service projects. There is nothing better than kids helping other kids!

07/24/2020
Sponsor Shoutout- The Goodhart Group

Sponsor Shoutout! We are so thankful for The Goodhart Group. Thank you Sue Goodhart and Allison Goodhart DuShuttle for your dedication to The Fund and Alexandria's at-risk children and children in foster care for over 15 years.

We are really excited about our Party Packs! Did you know that if you give over $100 and live locally you could receive ...
07/23/2020

We are really excited about our Party Packs! Did you know that if you give over $100 and live locally you could receive a party pack safely delivered to your door in advance of our Stay at Home Gala? It will include some goodies that are sure to get you party ready but also some things to keep you safe and well. Thank you The Old Town Shop for donating hand sanitizers to be included in the party packs. Much appreciated!

We have a winner! Last week we announced registration is officially open for our Stay at Home Gala! The first 25 people ...
07/20/2020

We have a winner! Last week we announced registration is officially open for our Stay at Home Gala! The first 25 people to register were entered into a drawing for a $25 Starbucks gift card. Congratulations Janet Stypula! We will be in touch about how to claim your prize!

EVENT :: The event website for our Stay at Home Gala is now live and registration is open! Register today at https://Sta...
07/15/2020

EVENT :: The event website for our Stay at Home Gala is now live and registration is open! Register today at https://StayHomeFFAC.givesmart.com to join us on 8/14. The first 25 people to register will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Starbucks gift card. While we can't gather in person, we are still excited to come together virtually for an evening of inspiration and all your gala favorites including a raffle, live auction, and Raise the Paddle. Weโ€™d love to "see" you there!

06/30/2020
Save the Date: 8/14 Stay at Home Gala

Your Attendance is Essential! Save the date to join us on August 14 at 8pm to attend our first ever virtual gala. While we can't gather in person, we are still excited to come together virtually for an evening of inspiration and all your gala favorites including a raffle, live auction, and Raise the Paddle.

More Information to come including how to register to attend this FREE event! Weโ€™d love to "see" you there!

A few weeks ago we shared how thrilled we were to be partnering  with @cake4kids! Today is the day we receive our 10 cak...
06/22/2020

A few weeks ago we shared how thrilled we were to be partnering with @cake4kids! Today is the day we receive our 10 cakes for our graduates! Thank you to Cake 4 Kids and all our volunteer bakers!!!

Happy Father's Day! Thank you, fathers, foster fathers, and father figures, for the sacrifices you make and all the joy ...
06/21/2020

Happy Father's Day! Thank you, fathers, foster fathers, and father figures, for the sacrifices you make and all the joy and love you bring into your children's lives!

What was it like for you? What did your graduation look like?Hundreds (or maybe thousands) of your peers, in caps and go...
06/04/2020

What was it like for you? What did your graduation look like?Hundreds (or maybe thousands) of your peers, in caps and gowns, seated on a football field?A home full of friends and relatives, celebrating your achievement and discussing what's next? Grabbing that diploma, turning that tassel and breathing a huge sigh of happiness and relief?

The Class of 2020 won't have any of this.

But that doesn't mean they can't have joy. This doesn't mean they can't be proud. This certainly doesn't mean we cannot celebrate them.

We honor our ten 2020 graduates that have reached this important milestone while also in foster care, during a global pandemic. And, we especially want to recognize the ones that beat the odds stacked firmly against them.

If you would like to leave an encouraging message for our graduates, please leave a comment below!

05/21/2020
City of Alexandria 2020 Foster Parent of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Venor Biggs, recognized as our City of Alexandria 2020 Foster Parent of the Year! Venor Biggs is known as a foster parent with a big heart. He provides youth with structure and expectations while giving them enriching experiences involving art, culture, travel, food, and family. He currently has two foster youth placed with him that are a part of a set of seven siblings. He has seamlessly incorporated the youthโ€™s siblings into their weekly, and often daily, activities. Thank you Mr. Biggs for all that you do for Alexandria children and families. #FosterCareMonth

Day after day, foster families give real meaning to the words home, support, and care. Fostering is an essential service...
05/12/2020

Day after day, foster families give real meaning to the words home, support, and care. Fostering is an essential service, providing vulnerable children and youth with safe, stable, and nurturing care. Click here to read how our families are working to adjust to the changes and stress associated with the COVID-19 crisis. https://www.alexandriava.gov/dchs/info/DCHSConnectInfo.aspx?id=115372

Motherhood comes in all forms. Birth mothers, adoptive mothers, foster moms, and more. And each act of mothering takes i...
05/10/2020

Motherhood comes in all forms. Birth mothers, adoptive mothers, foster moms, and more. And each act of mothering takes incredible strength, love, and commitment. As we celebrate Motherโ€™s Day, we want to recognize all of the phenomenal women who mother every day, in every form. Happy Motherโ€™s Day!

05/06/2020
Child welfare workers document the struggles of their day-to-day amid pandemic

This brief video says so much about practicing child welfare during COVID-19. The vulnerabilities of our children continue to be exacerbated by the pandemic. From school closures and economic hardships to social isolation and family confinement, the pandemic has added new stressors for families across Virginia.

Child abuse intervention experts are sounding an alarm over a spike in abuse cases during coronavirus lockdowns. CBS News' Jericka Duncan shares the accounts of some child welfare workers who recorded video diaries of the lengths they must go to meet with kids and families while observing health pre...

Thanks to the generosity of our community, one of our amazing foster families with 7 kids in total will receive e-gift c...
05/04/2020

Thanks to the generosity of our community, one of our amazing foster families with 7 kids in total will receive e-gift cards to some of their local restaurants. This will not only be a great help but an appreciated gift. If you would like to support a foster family in this way, please email [email protected]

Thankful Thursday! A little over a week ago, we put out a call for help to our community for a tablet so that two sister...
04/23/2020

Thankful Thursday! A little over a week ago, we put out a call for help to our community for a tablet so that two sisters can have access to educational games while at home as a result of schools being closed because of the pandemic. As always our village answered and two tablets were delivered yesterday by their social worker. Thank you for always believing and investing in the kids we serve. You are the light in this world.

Our partner in joy, Worthdays is still continuing to spread joy  even during the pandemic. This time their making sure s...
04/21/2020

Our partner in joy, Worthdays is still continuing to spread joy even during the pandemic. This time their making sure social workers feel worthy. Here is a great way to support local restaurants and our front line social workers who are still ensuring the safety and well-being of children in Alexandria. We are sensitive to the reality that so many are unable to help during this time. If you are able to help, make a donation. Even if you canโ€™t help by donating, you certainly can by getting the word out. ๐ŸŽ‰

March was Social Work Appreciation Month and as you can imagine COVID-19 upended many plans in place to show appreciation to these essential employees. While many social workers are teleworking like the rest of the world, many are still in the field responding to reports of child abuse and neglect or meeting the needs of youth in foster care. Some are spending countless hours looking for a foster home or placement that will take in a child that just entered care. Many are consoling young people who can't see their siblings or birth parents that are no longer able to visit with their children in person. Some are faced with fewer placement options available and more children who are running away from placements because of the overwhelming uncertainty they are feeling. All of this while trying to minimize the risk to themselves and others presented by this illness. Not to mention, many experts are projecting that when COVID-19 slows, there will be a surge in child abuse cases and the need of foster homes. Social workers continue to work despite COVID to keep the children of our community safe and they deserve to know that the community is behind them!

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฒ, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ง๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ค๐š๐ฒ (๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ!). ๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐š ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž, ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฒ๐ž๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ (๐‘๐ข๐œ๐ก๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ฅ๐, ๐‡๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐จ, ๐‡๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐จ, ๐€๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ง๐๐ซ๐ข๐š & ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐‚๐จ) ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ.

1. Make a donation via this Facebook post or at www.worthdays.org/donate

2. Tell us below if you have a preference of which local restaurant (in the Central Virginia, James City Co or Alexandria area) you would like for us to purchase a gift card from or even just which local area you'd like your gift card to go (RVA, NOVA, JCC). We will do our very best to purchase from the restaurant you suggest as long as it easily allows us to purchase an e-gift card. ๐“๐š๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ!

3. We will disperse restaurant gift cards to local agencies to be gifted to local DSS essential employees who are going above and beyond to meet the needs of kids in care during this uncertain time.

๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง, ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ข๐™–๐™ก๐™ก. While some restaurants do require a minimum gift card, we can pool together donations to make this work. Even a $5 donation towards a coffee gift card is an amazing donation that will help us show appreciation.

We are stronger together & continue to be amazed by the generosity and kindness of our community during this time. We are certain any appreciation we can extend to these agency staff will be a ray of sunshine in an otherwise stormy time in their lives.

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Looking for a way to celebrate the holidays while helping families in need? The Fund for Alexandria's Child is still looking for donors to assist with the Holiday Sharing Program. This year is unique in that due to the COVID pandemic, we will only be collecting gift cards to share with families. No purchasing gifts, no wrapping, no delivering. How much easier can it be? If you are interested, please see the link below. As of today, we still have 160 families to match. Have questions, feel free to contact me here on Facebook. Sign up here today and and we can match you with a family as soon as this week. https://apps.alexandriava.gov/HolidaySharing/