Children in Motion is the passion project of the York County Council. A subcommittee of the Community Services Committee has met several times to explore the needs of supporting York County children that are displaced from their homes and transitioning into foster care, often in an emergency situation.
We are currently working with Spurwink, the social services partner to Maine DHHS, for this initiative. Please take a moment to read below, Spurwink’s own words describing the process and immediate needs for York County’s most vulnerable children.
Our Goal/Progress to Date (as of 2/15/22)
How Can You Help?
The York County Council is kick starting our partnership by collecting gift cards of $25 or more to support the request from Spurwink’s Resource Parent Care Team.
Dollar General * Dollar Tree * Reny’s * Staples * Walmart * Target
(These stores are easily and immediately accessible from all areas of York County and are at Spurwink’s specific request.)
Click Here for our Children in Motion Flyer. This collection will be in effect through the March 8 Membership Meeting.
From Christi Wilson, Spurwink’s Resource Parent Care Team Liaison:
“While these resources do exist in our county, there remains other issues at hand that impact resources parents from continuing to open their homes to our county’s most vulnerable children. In York County, Hannaford is the only business that will accept our vouchers; foster parents are typically given the option to travel to Burlington Coat Factory in South Portland to purchase any other items they may need for their child/ren entering their home. When emergencies happen, typically foster parents have little notice to prepare for the arrival of the child/ren and to purchase their items. Often, they rely on their own savings or credit cards to purchase items, with the promise of future reimbursement from the state for some of the items that are approved. Due to state policy, items need to be in lightly used condition, or next to new. Reimbursement at the department continues to be a barrier for foster parents; typically reimbursement can take upwards of 90 days to complete for a new kinship foster home. This often leaves foster parents in a pinch financially, with no support from their local community, or the department.”