With the many different steps in helping families become reunified while in foster care, Foster Care Unplugged (FCUP) would like to highlight and support the importance of trial discharges. A trial discharge is a six-month trial period where family court approves the release of a child back into the custody of their primary care takers, while still under ACS supervision (The Adminstration of Children Services). This allows the monitoring foster care agency to provide a series of resources, and safety nets during the transition of going from one home setting to another. It is also impactful to provide these supports to help prevent children from returning to foster care. While undergoingtrial discharges in NYC, Foster Care Unpluggedpartner up with various organizations, private donors, and monitoring foster care agencies to support the youth’s social-emotional-environmental transition. Collectively, partners will deliver toys/bikes to severalfamilies to build parental/child engagement.
Here's How It Works:
Program: Foster Care Unplugged: Toy Stories
Foster Care Unplugged: Toy Stories edition will be an event lead by FCUP founder, and donors, alongside a agency representative. The agency will provide the addresses of several families who are currently on a trial discharge. All parties will then go to these homes unbeknownst to the families. Surprising the families with a flood of gifts, executes the goal of promoting community “random acts of kindness”. Partners will then introduce themselves, and share some words of encouragement to each child/caregiver.