Marin Foster Care Association + Code GIVE721

Extraordinary foster parents are rock stars. They recognize that love and nurturing are not finite resources. We can all love, love, and love some more... and still have more love to give! “Foster parenting was an easy choice for my family,” says Barbara Sabido. “My husband and I already had four sons, so welcoming new children into our home was second nature. It was during our first placement of a little boy that I realized this work was a two-way street – we provided a safe and loving home for a child whose parents couldn’t provide those things at this point in time, and in turn this child gave us his trust, love, and a wholly unexpected opportunity for personal growth.” Barbara learned about the Marin Foster Care Association’s (MFCA) barrier-blasting work to support superstar foster parents and the superstar children in their care, joined the MFCA board in 2010, and in 2015 became their executive director.

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Caregiver training and support, participation in community events, and tickets to local attractions have always been hallmarks of MFCA’s work. Over the course of the past 15 years, though, MFCA has developed more programs that impact foster children directly. “Our Opportunity Project empowers dedicated caregivers to access educational enrichment and support services tailored to their foster child’s unique challenges, skills, and interests so that every foster child can reach his or her full potential,” Barbara explains. “It opens the door to transformative opportunities widely enjoyed by other children in our community, such as academic tutoring, after-school sports, enrichment classes, camps. These opportunities foster an atmosphere of inclusivity and positivity amongst our foster kids and caregivers.” Here’s to all kids exploring the world around them and building strong relationships in safe environments!

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While you may not be able to throw on some rock star kicks and begin foster parenting today, the MFCA’s website offers a “Ten Things You Can Do” list for anyone who wants to support a foster child. You can also use checkout code GIVE721 every time you purchase PLAE kicks and instantly donate 10% of your purchase price to the MFCA. You can also find them on Facebook.