CASA’s Milton Foster Children’s Fund (MFCF) provides resources for foster youth (ages 0-21) to give them a sense of normalcy in a situation that is anything but normal. Resources may include financial support for unmet needs and activities, life skills workshops such as budgeting, self-care, and nutrition, and access to free clothing and accessories through The Hanger, a project within MFCF.
Imagine having just 15 minutes to pack your things and leave your home. Before you know it, you’re in a car with a stranger leaving your friends, school, and family behind. This traumatic experience is just one of the challenges youth face when they are placed in foster care. MFCF helps them find a sense of normalcy through scholarships, extracurricular activities, and free clothing that fits their style.
Adult volunteers for The Hanger, new full-size toiletry items, hoodies, new and gently used fall/winter clothes for teens (adult sizes only), and $25 gift cards to Walmart and Amazon.
On any given day, there are approximately 600 children living in foster care or another out-of-home placement in El Paso County.
“By giving me this [driver’s ed] opportunity, I can learn independence because driving is a big responsibility and classes will help me in the long run. Since I’ve been in foster care, I haven't really felt normal or like the others, so thank you.” — Foster teen Sarah.