The holidays are quickly approaching and there are many gift guides going up from your favorite IG bloggers and podcasters, but if you are shopping for a foster or adoptive family, they may not fit into the usual gift guides. I hope to help everyone find ways to support the foster and adoptive families in their lives this holiday season.
Foster families and adoptive families don’t always need what most other families might want during the holiday season. Especially if the children in their lives have just arrived (or will soon!). Shopping for basic necessities might not always be “as fun” as shopping for toys and games, but these families will greatly appreciate receiving the items necessary for raising kids. One of the best things you can do to support the foster and adoptive families in your life this holiday season is to, of course, reach out; volunteer your time, love, and support. Volunteer to babysit on date night, help out with chores, or bring a meal. A gift of time is just as valuable as a material one (sometimes more!). In this guide I will include some links to basics available on Amazon, as well as to businesses whose mission is to support adoptive and foster families. I hope this guide will help as you seek ways to support these families this holiday season!
Some necessities foster families will benefit from:
- Backpacks for school-age kids
- School supplies
- Craft supplies
- Suitcases (if the kids don’t have them) with personalized tags
- Age appropriate books
- Baby necessities like diapers, wipes, bottles, and formula
- New clothes for the kids
- Bedding for kids’ beds
- Don’t hesitate to ask if they have a wish list!
Some necessities for families adopting a newborn:
Families adopting sibling groups or fostering newborns will likely overlap with each of these lists provided above. The lists below include shops whose mission is to support families fostering and adopting.
- Fawn & Foster sells baby essentials such as onesies, blankets, and nursing covers made from certified organic materials and donates 50% of their profits to help foster children
- Goods & Better has just about everything you can think of, plus an awesome mission to get behind. They sell shirts, stickers, pillows, cups, totes, and more. They partner with Foster the Family to provide FosterCare Packages for foster children.
- With Just Love Coffee you can support adoptive families, even if you don’t know one, and who doesn’t love coffee? This is the perfect gift this holiday season for anyone on your list. Just Love also has a fundraising program through which adoptive families can sell Just Love’s many varieties of Fair Trade Certified coffees for a portion of the proceeds.
If there is a family in your life on a journey to foster or adopt, what they need more than anything is support! Foster and adoptive families have to put a lot of time, energy, and money into being applying, filling out paperwork, taking courses, being approved, and being matched. Sometimes just the gift of a listening ear, a helping hand, and a good friend is just what they need.
Families on their way to adoption often need financial support. Many will have fundraisers, such as GoFundMe or auctions. You can support your time to help them organize a fundraiser, donate an item for auction or food for their event, or donate financially.
I hope you found this guide to be helpful as you shop this holiday season! And even if you are not shopping for a foster or adoptive family, perhaps you will consider supporting them through one of the shops linked above.