Adoptive Families and Foster Care
Our partnership with Holt Sunny Ridge will focus on providing support for three (3) of their therapeutic services:
Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp 2021: A 3-day camp designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) parenting curriculum for adoptees and their families. MAGIC Charities will sponsor a family to attend camp and financially assist some of the professional volunteers to offset their cost for attending camp.
TBRI training: MAGIC Charities will sponsor a foster family to attend a four-part series geared towards parents of children who have experienced early childhood trauma. TBRI® is built on the founding principles of Connecting, Empowering and Correcting. Find upcoming adoption information meetings at http://www.holtsunnyridge.org/events.
Therapy: MAGIC Charities has created an endowment to provide therapy services for adoptive and/or foster families or adult adoptees that are uninsured or under-insured. We believe that supporting families throughout their adoption journey is critical to the success of the family as well as the individual adoptee. We want to help people obtain access to these important services, regardless of their financial situation. Learn more about Holt Sunny Ridge Therapy Services here.
We have focused our outreach efforts on organizations that provide support and services for foster families.
In addition, we have synergies with other strategic areas within MAGIC Charities to serve foster youth such as The MAGIC Scholarship Fund that gives special consideration to adoptive and foster care family situations and Advocacy efforts focused on regional, state and federal legislation to identify and implement changes that will benefit children, some of whom are in the foster care system.
The MAGIC Charities Foundation’s Focus
We will continue to narrow and fine tune our scope focusing on the specific needs of foster and adopted children and their families.
- Continue to research challenges and unmet needs for adoptive families and children
- Identify unmet needs of foster children aging out of the foster care system and offer services to fill those gaps.
- Continue to network with legislators and government officials to promote and support state and federal legislation that is aimed at helping young adults who have aged out of the foster care system.
- Recent legislation related to foster care children and families include some of the following:
- The Foster Care Bill of Rights designed to inform foster children and foster parents of their rights within the child welfare system.
- Recognition of National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.
- The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Care Youth Act focusing on an emergency or transitional shelter, street outreach program, homeless youth drop-in center, or other program serving homeless youth.
- The Improved Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act of 2019, an expansion of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for foster youth.