I recently watched the movie Martian Child. I assumed the movie was going to be a cheesy story about a kid from Mars, but it ended up being a touching story about a foster kid who just wanted to belong. Today’s organization is on a mission to find loving homes for kids in foster care.
Angels’ Arms was founded in 2000 by Executive Director, Bess Wilfong. Bess saw many glitches in the Foster Care System when she herself was a foster parent. She especially did not like that so many sibling groups were separated and knew there was a better system. She founded Angels’ Arms together with the support of the community and a board behind her who were eager and willing to help fight the system.
The mission of Angels’ Arms is a dedication to providing and supporting loving homes for foster children by keeping brothers and sisters together within a nurturing family until a forever home is found. Their vision is that foster children deserve the chance to be children, to be part of a family, and to live up to their potential. To achieve this, Angels’ Arms provides homes, resources and emotional support to experienced foster parents so that they can raise the standard of care for foster children. Angels’ Arms strives to keep sibling groups together. They partner with foster parents, community supporters, organizations and other non-profits to provide a loving home environment and help their children become successful citizens.
They currently have six homes throughout St. Louis County and St. Charles County in Missouri with their main office in St Louis, Missouri. Up to six kids can live in an Angels’ Arms home with experienced foster care parents who teach them the meaning of belonging to a family. Since their founding, the organization has helped over 200 children including over 50 sibling groups.
For those in the St. Louis area, there are several volunteer opportunities available such as hosting a birthday party for a child, making a meal for an Angels’ Arms family, home projects (painting, gardening, etc) and assisting with fundraising events. You can find a current list of volunteer opportunities on their website. The organization also has needs for items such as food, toiletries, diapers, and laundry detergent. You can find a current wish list on their website or click here for their list of urgent needs.
Anyone can make financial donations can be made on their website. Monetary donations can be made in a variety of ways including one time gifts and monthly giving. They receive no state or federal funding, so they depend on donations and volunteers to continue their mission.
Angels’ Arms believes that all children deserve a happy childhood. Together with the support of the community, they can make that happen. Please learn more about Angels’ Arms on their website, www.angelsarms.org. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.