Bellevue, WA - On July 17, 2018 the CFOS Foundation Board approved the grants to non-profit organizations which are well respected in the nonprofit world for their contributions to the foster care ecosystem. They are also well known as previous grantees of the CFOS Foundation.
The approved grants were to the following non-profit organizations:
A $25,000 grant to TreeHouse. This grant will support TreeHouse’s programs to help students in foster care experience success in school and in life.
Treehouse was founded in 1988 by DSHS social workers who saw the deprivation often faced by children in foster care. They held bake sales and car washes, so they could provide the little things needed to help children feel loved and capable. Today Treehouse provides clothes, toys, and school supplies at their Wearhouse, and access to critical extracurricular activities and community resources through the Little Wishes program – bringing support to thousands of children in foster care each year.
A $25,000 grant to Amara, the third grant to the organization in five years. This grant will help fund both short-term emergency services and permanent placements for children in foster care.
Founded in 1921 as Medina Children’s Services, Amara offers temporary care to children entering the foster care system, foster care and adoption services for children already in the system, and training and support for adoptive families. Amara’s emergency sanctuary provides a safe and supportive place for kids immediately after they are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services or law enforcement and is the only facility of its kind in King County.
A $25,000 grant to Bridge Meadows which promotes health and well-being across three generations by providing permanent, adoptive homes for youth in foster care, supporting adoptive parents with resources and guidance, and helping elders retain meaning and purpose in their daily lives through positive social connection.
Bridge Meadows develops and sustains intergenerational neighborhoods for adoptive families of youth formerly in foster care that promote permanency, community and caring relationships while offering safety and meaningful purpose in the daily lives of older adults.
Oregon Foster Youth
A $15,000 grant to Oregon Foster Youth which empowers current and former foster youth to share their voice and to be heard in key decisions affecting children and youth in foster care. With peer support, leadership skills, and civic engagement, these inspiring youth take the lead in improving their own lives and the lives of thousands of kids in Oregon’s foster care system.
OFYC was founded in 2008 by a staff member of Children First for Oregon who experienced foster care as a youth. The very first OFYC meeting included four youth and two adults. Today, OFYC has members from all over the state, and we have been successful in passing every piece of legislation that our members have developed and advocated for in the Oregon State Legislature.
We appreciate the contributions these organizations make to the community.
About the CFOS Foundation
The CFOS Foundation was founded by the partners of CFO Selections in 2007. The vision of this group is to harness the energy and talent of professional people who care about the needs of local foster children and work to make a measurable, positive impact in their lives.