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."

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Take some time this month to learn how protective factors and adverse ch...
04/08/2021

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Take some time this month to learn how protective factors and adverse childhood experiences impact families and communities.
#ChildAbusePreventionMonth #ThrivingFamilies
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Take some time this month to learn how protective factors and adverse childhood experiences impact families and communities.
#ChildAbusePreventionMonth #ThrivingFamilies
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth

Graduation is right around the corner. You can help us celebrate our 2021 graduates. Nationwide, only 3 percent of youth...
03/25/2021

Graduation is right around the corner. You can help us celebrate our 2021 graduates. Nationwide, only 3 percent of youth in foster care graduate high school. This year, we have 5 amazing youth to celebrate! We are proud of each of them and are extremely hopeful for their future. Being able to celebrate our youth is one of the highlights of our year. The look of shock and excitement on their faces when they see all the gifts never grows old. We hope you will join us again in celebrating their graduation.
Now more than ever these youth need to be lifted up & celebrated for their extraordinary accomplishments. ⠀
It's so easy to help from the comfort of your home. Consider purchasing an item from our Amazon Wish List to be included in gift baskets presented to this year's graduates. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3F110O10XZT5I?ref_=wl_share

Or if you would prefer to make a monetary donation to go towards the purchasing of IPADS for each of our graduates please do so here https://fundforalexandriaschild.z2systems.com/np/clients/fundforalexandriaschild/survey.jsp?surveyId=3&

Graduation is right around the corner. You can help us celebrate our 2021 graduates. Nationwide, only 3 percent of youth in foster care graduate high school. This year, we have 5 amazing youth to celebrate! We are proud of each of them and are extremely hopeful for their future. Being able to celebrate our youth is one of the highlights of our year. The look of shock and excitement on their faces when they see all the gifts never grows old. We hope you will join us again in celebrating their graduation.
Now more than ever these youth need to be lifted up & celebrated for their extraordinary accomplishments. ⠀
It's so easy to help from the comfort of your home. Consider purchasing an item from our Amazon Wish List to be included in gift baskets presented to this year's graduates. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3F110O10XZT5I?ref_=wl_share

Or if you would prefer to make a monetary donation to go towards the purchasing of IPADS for each of our graduates please do so here https://fundforalexandriaschild.z2systems.com/np/clients/fundforalexandriaschild/survey.jsp?surveyId=3&

Exciting News!!! Thank you Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique! We are thrilled to become a partner of yours and recei...
03/03/2021

Exciting News!!! Thank you Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique! We are thrilled to become a partner of yours and receive donations to provide to children and families we serve. Thank you!

Exciting News!!! Thank you Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique! We are thrilled to become a partner of yours and receive donations to provide to children and families we serve. Thank you!

Wow! Look at all the very special deliveries we received from you. Thank you for clearing our Amazon wish list. We assem...
03/01/2021

Wow! Look at all the very special deliveries we received from you. Thank you for clearing our Amazon wish list. We assembled the bags yesterday and they will be distributed beginning this week!

Wow! Look at all the very special deliveries we received from you. Thank you for clearing our Amazon wish list. We assembled the bags yesterday and they will be distributed beginning this week!

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!

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!🥰 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.

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, let’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 “Somebody’s Someone,” child advocate, and motivational speaker
Simone Biles, four-time Olympic champion
Michael Oher, NFL football offensive tackle. The Academy Award-winning 2009 film “The Blind Side” is based on his story.
Tommy Davidson, comedian, film and television actor
Eddie Murphy, comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director

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, let’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 “Somebody’s Someone,” child advocate, and motivational speaker
Simone Biles, four-time Olympic champion
Michael Oher, NFL football offensive tackle. The Academy Award-winning 2009 film “The Blind Side” 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 – 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 challenges—the most immediate ...
10/08/2020

For the more than 20,000 youth who age out of foster care each year, adulthood brings new challenges—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 don’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. We’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! We’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!

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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/