How to Help Foster Children and Families When You’re Strapped for Cash

foster children hosting a collection drive
Children volunteering at school supply donation drive at elementary school

Most of us go through ups and downs when it comes to our finances. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on the joy of giving. Here are a few ideas for helping foster children and families even when your bank account is running low.

If you lose your job or get divorced, the first thing you might do is tighten your belt by cutting back on nonessentials. You adapt to buying fewer coffee drinks and spending your vacations at home. However, when you have to write smaller checks to charities you care about, you may wonder if there’s any way to stay engaged. The truth is that you can still make a positive contribution by trying these suggestions for helping foster children and families.

Donate Items You Have at Home:

Do you have household items, musical instruments, and art supplies that you’re not currently using? Put those possessions to good use by donating them to foster kids. You’ll be helping to make their daily lives more pleasant and enriching.

Organize a Collection Drive:

You probably have neighbors and coworkers who have piles of stuff they’ve been thinking about giving away. They may not have time to research their options or they may not be able to transport their stuff to a drop off location. You’ll be helping them and foster families if you volunteer to collect those goods for donation.

Browse Free Listings:

Check online community forums and bulletin boards at your neighborhood coffee shop. People are often giving away useful and valuable items, and they may like knowing that their things will be forwarded to children and families going through a difficult time.


You don’t have to have a lot of money to help foster kids to find homes and enjoy more stable lives. All it takes is a little thought and a loving heart. Contact us at TFI Kids Fund today to learn more about how you can get involved.