FAQ about Child S.H.A.R.E.

What is Child S.H.A.R.E.?

Child S.H.A.R.E. is a unique program that works with faith communities to find and support foster and adoptive homes for foster children in Southern California. Child S.H.A.R.E. supports families and individuals as they obtain a license to provide foster care and encourage foster and adoptive families to provide the best home possible for a foster child.

How big is your program?

Child S.H.A.R.E. is a network of over 400 families, with new families joining every week. In 2007, Child S.H.A.R.E. families provided homes to 695 children.

What are the typical services you offer a family?

Child S.H.A.R.E. families receive on-going support services from Child S.H.A.R.E. free of charge. Services include:

Family Connections Newsletter
Networking events, featured articles, updates on current legislations affecting foster care and adoption, and other relevant information.

Warmline directory
A roster of local Child S.H.A.R.E. foster families who have parenting expertise with children who have been abused or abandoned. These families have successfully encountered specific situations, ranging from recovery to cultural issues, and have volunteered to be available to other foster and adoptive parents.

Advocacy
To help families move through the certification/licensing process as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Adoption Celebrations
Child S.H.A.R.E. actively celebrates the adoption of foster children into a permanent, loving family. Child S.H.A.R.E. adoptions are commemorated with a special plaque presented to the family.

Training Programs and Conferences
Throughout the year, Child S.H.A.R.E. provides training programs for families, support group facilitators, and others. The annual Lewis B. Smedes Memorial Conference on Foster Care and Adoption provides families with an opportunity to network, learn about current issues in foster care and adoption, discover community-based resources and earn required training hours for licensure.

How much do your services cost?

Thanks to our generous individual, corporate, church and foundation supporters, all of our services are free of charge to foster and adoptive families.

Does Child S.H.A.R.E. receive government funding?

No. Child S.H.A.R.E. does not currently receive any government funds. The work of Child S.H.A.R.E. is made possible by a diverse range of private donors including individuals, congregations, corporations and philanthropic foundations. A copy of our most recent financial audit is available for review upon request.

Is Child S.H.A.R.E. a tax exempt organization?

Yes. Child S.H.A.R.E. is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Services (EIN # is 95-436890) and by the State of California Franchise Tax Board (California Corporate # is 1350616) as a tax-exempt, not for profit organization.

Does Child S.H.A.R.E. need my contribution?

Yes! Gifts in all amounts are greatly appreciated. Your contribution makes a huge difference in the life of a foster child. What better way to honor a loved one’s birthday or special holiday than through a tribute gift that provides hope for an abused or abandoned child? Please contact the Development Department to make a donation or make an online donation by clicking here.

Who do I contact at Child S.H.A.R.E. if I want to volunteer?

Volunteers are an essential part of the Child S.H.A.R.E. network. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, please visit the Get Involved section of the web site or contact the Volunteer Manager at hpistole@childshare.org.