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Foster Swell Fund for Kids in Care

Foster Swell Fund for Kids in Care

We have always looked for ways to support the fostering community.

Obviously not everyone is equipped or able to be a foster parent; however, we believe that everyone can contribute to the well being and growth of children who are living in foster care. As part of our ongoing outreach to help children and families involved in foster care, we have launched the Foster Swell Fund.

Did you know that the stipends provided to foster families are often limited to covering the most basic needs of that child? It also varies from state to state and by ages. For example, in many places, funds are provided that only cover the costs of formula, diapers and perhaps a little extra for clothing.

Some states provide help with baby gear, while others do not. Some provide help with daycare for working mothers but no extra preschool opportunities or learning enhancement activities for children in stay at home parent scenarios. For older youth, funds for school dances, a tuxedo or dress for prom, special athletic camps, etc. are rarely if ever offered.

There is an opportunity for the village that is you and me to step in and provide extra enrichment activities and experiences to children that can help them grow, not only from an academic or development standpoint, but also in terms of their confidence and ability to express themselves in healthy way. 

The following are suggestions for the types of grants that foster families can request for a specific child in foster care.

Parents are welcome to submit something not on the list if they feel as though it might be appropriate and warranted.

Our grants will be $100 or less and dependent on available funds and prioritized by need expressed. We cannot guarantee any grant fulfillment but will do our best to give as many children a chance to experience that "little something special" during their childhood as we can. Currently, our grants are limited to those in the U.S. foster care system.

Before applying, please keep in mind this question "Would the child or family be unable to participate in this activity if the funds we provide were unavailable?"
Our goal is to help make an experience possible for a child who otherwise would not have such an opportunity. For help with birthday parties, please check out our friends at Worthdays.org.

Suggested Grant Requests:

  • Safety related baby gear such as car seats or cribs take the highest priority.
  • Products for Therapy related to Child Development/Professional Therapies not covered by insurance (horse/equine, physical therapy devices, etc.) PRIORITY
  • Early Learning/Preschool Themed Activities PRIORITY
  • Family Membership Fees to local educational parks such as Zoos, gardens, activity centers, pools, etc.
  • Dance Lessons of any kind for ages 12mos+ (can be quarterly installment, private if necessary, or a one-time camp) 
  • Music Lessons of any kind or instrument rental (can be series, monthly, or private if necessary)
  • Sports Enrollment of any kind/Sports Equipment (can also be for special camps or tournament tours)
  • Arts + Drama (series of classes, therapeutic art supplies, drama lessons, etc.)
  • Social Experiences for youth such as registration fees for dances, camps, prom expenses, etc.
  • We are no longer able to assist in the costs related to special family trips due to the high volume of requests for basic needs to be met.

Basic Rules:

  • Currently we offer grants up to $100 per foster child per half year. Please reapply for additional grants in the following half of the year if applicable or needed.
  • If you have a grant request greater than $100, we will consider reimbursing up to $100 if the family is able to pay the remaining amount.
  • In a majority of circumstances, we will approve a grant request and coordinate to pay through an organization or individual providing the service. If an item is requested, we may choose to purchase the item and have it shipped directly. 
  • Feel free to email the organization Foster Swell Inc where our funds are donated once completing a grant request so they will know it is in the queue (fosterswell@gmail.com).
  • We do our best to pay out grants that are the highest priority need and do not forget other requests in our system. Please be aware of the potential to take several weeks to process and review.

If you are applying for an emergency request for a car seat, crib or medical related product, please submit your request at this link:

Emergency Car Seat/Crib/Medical Requests

We are currently at our max on emergency fund grants for the month but please check back often for when we reopen the fund.


All other grant requests, please use this form.

Apply for a Foster Swell Grant

We will reopen the grant application as soon as we work through our current requests. Thank you for understanding.

Note: We understand that children in foster care can be moved immediately and without warning. We do not expect reimbursement for grants due to a child being removed from a home. If possible, we strongly encourage families to seek a reimbursement and utilize the funds for other relevant expenses.

Want to help fulfill a grant request? You can do so here.



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  • My heart is swelling reading about your vision and mission to support foster families. I am a full time volunteer at my church in Lake Forest, Ca.
    I found the page with all the information regarding how to apply for a grant. I am currently helping to build and fortify a ministry called www.zeroby2020vision.com and we are so excited to see your organization step up for vulnerable children. I would love to speak with you and I’ve been praying about how to coordinate and bring together resources in the US.
    I am so hopeful and really enjoyed navigating your website. It is beautifully done and user-friendly.
    Thank you for caring about supporting foster families!
    I look forward to speaking to you!
    Holly Schmidt
    Volunteer, Mentor, Advocate
    Orphan Care Initiative
    Saddleback Church

    Holly Schmidt
  • We have a brother (4) & sister (almost 3) that we are currently awaiting an adoption for that have been fostered in our home since April 2016. We’d live to get a family membership to take them to the Georgia Aquarium for the 1st time (& many more). They both love adventure & animals. Please let us know if we could pay the unfunded part of the membership & move forward with this family fun!

    Terrilyn Bayne

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