As business leaders in South Dakota, you know the importance of building strong families and communities. There are a number of ways to help support foster and adoptive families, such as, providing family-friendly work environments and discounted goods and services. Click below to find out how you can get involved.
IMPACT YOUR EMPLOYEES
Not only are more qualified foster homes desperately needed in our state; there is also a need to improve the support for the foster homes that are already established. We can help educate your employees by providing employee engagement programs that better enable your workers in assisting the families to become foster certified, as well as, supporting the programs that currently exist for adoptive and foster parents.
IMPACT THE CHILDREN
When it comes to investing in foster care, you are helping shape the future of your community by giving children what they need most to thrive : a safe home, a family, and a place to belong. Please visit SDKids Belong for more information on how to support children in your community.
IMPACT THE COMMUNITY
Commit to providing a discount on your existing products and/or services in order to help ease the financial strain of foster families and their budget. Creating a community goodwill will help show the kids your support.
IMPACT A FUTURE
Fulfill a dream for a youth that is or has been in foster care. Provide an internship or employment opportunities for youth.
"The Oahe Family YMCA is proud to support foster families in Hughes and Stanley County area by providing a safe and positive environment so they can spend quality time together. We understand that no child chooses to go into foster care and so our goal is to make foster care a better experience for both the children and their caregivers." -Aaron Fable, Chief Executive Officer at OAHE Family YMCA
Backroads Coffeehouse in Watertown fulfilled a dream for a youth in SD-
"The thought of helping others feel accepted and having a place where they belong is all about what we do at he Backroads. The feeling of acceptance is a human need and through this pandemic I can't help but feel pulled to do something "outside" of my world. We worry about our own small businesses and our employees but there is more need beyond our doors more now than ever."-Melissa Hericks, Owner