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Helping Foster Care Children and Teens communicate their needs and life story to the Foster Care Parents taking care of them.

Foster Care Support

Who I Am was approached by several Foster Care Parents looking for a way to better communicate and understand the children in their care.  Since that time, our mission has expanded to help Foster Care Parents and Caregivers have a more personal relationship with the children placed in their care.  

In the tri-county area, when children are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services, they are taken to a Heartland for Children Intake Center for placement.  Their partner, ECHO Ministry, then gifts each child with a "first night" bag. This bag contains a basic toiletry kit, a stuffed animal, Who I Am Photo Album Gift Bag and if possible, a new pair of pajamas. 

 

Photo Album Gift Set -   Who I Am along with their High School Bright Future Volunteers created a gift bag containing a 5 x 7 Photo Album and Marker Set.  The photo album contain is filled with "Who I Am Description Cards" to help them color and describe their likes, dislikes and any details about their life story they wish to share.  Made of plastic, children can easily carry it with them if they move to multiple locations.

We learned there are never enough pajamas.

 

New Pajamas Collection Drive - Through our relationship with ECHO, we discovered there are never enough pajamas for the first night bags. Our Board voted to make the collection of pajamas a year-round effort by holding an Annual 5K Pajama Drive along with setting up collection bins throughout Highland County. 

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Saturday, September 30th, 7:30am

Foster Care Pajama 5K Run/Walk in Avon Park

Join us to help raise funds and collect pajamas for our Foster Care Efforts.  Use the link below to sign up.

5K Foster Care Pajama Drive - The Who I Am Foundation Inc. (runsignup.com)

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Drop-off new pajamas, sized infant to teen, at one of

our local business supporters:

  • LaGrow Irrigation, 6203 US Hwy 27 
    South, Sebring
  • Pinecrest Country Club, 2250 Little Lake Bonnet Rd, Avon Park

  • Jarrett Ford, 1305 US Hwy 27 N, Avon Park
  • Long's Air Conditioning, 800 US Hwy 27 N, Avon Park
  • Benton Wealth Management, 231 US Hwy 27 N, Sebring
 
  • Thankful Hearts Nutrition, 17 West Main Street, Avon Park

  • Florida Roll Off Solutions, 2144 State Road 60 W, Lake Wales

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