Foster Kids Charity of California is introducing the Cornelius Frederick Summer Camp Scholarship for children in foster care. The scholarship will send foster kids, adoptive, and kinship children ages 4-18 years old to a free summer camp. The average cost for this summer camp is $300 per week.
There’s no time of year more valued by children than summer. With school out of session and the weather prime for playtime, kids—foster or otherwise—are constantly searching for something to do. Look no further than a place where foster children can flourish and build self-confidence while having fun: summer camp!
Summer camp is an opportunity for foster children to socialize with other kids and discover a sense of normalcy that is sometimes missing from their lives. It’s a chance to make friends, experience new activities and, in some cases, reunite with siblings who were placed in other homes.It’s a chance for an unforgettable summer.
And with the help of and support of our summer camp scholarships, Orange County foster, adoptive and kinship children can do this for free.
USA TODAY: CORONAVIRUS FOSTER CARE DEATH -
Cornelius Frederick was described by family members as “a boy’s boy”: hyper and rambunctious, with a penchant for playing jokes and pranks. He was sweet, too. He passed away at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 30 hours after being physically restrained by staff at his foster care group home. On April 30, Frederick was put into a hold after throwing a sandwich at a residential facility that serves at-risk teen boys who need intensive behavioral and mental health therapy. According to the family's attorney, Frederick yelled, "I can't breathe!" before passing out.
After being transported to the hospital, Frederick tested positive for the coronavirus. The other youths at Lakeside were tested, revealing that nearly 40, plus nine staff members, had the virus. Frederick’s death – and the realities of trying to social distance in a facility packed with teenagers – highlights one of the many problems facing America's foster care system amid the pandemic. Other group homes around the USA have reported outbreaks, including those in Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Across the country, foster parents are in short supply, at-risk kids aren’t able to get in-person services they need and courts are closed, leaving adoptions and family reunifications in limbo. Only a handful of states issued moratoriums on aging out of the system, which means 18- and 21-year-olds could suddenly find themselves without a home or job in the worst economy in decades. Since March, 36.5 million Americans have filed unemployment claims.
“We are really worried that an already-strained system is going to buckle under the weight of the coronavirus,” says Sandy Santana, executive director of Children's Rights, a New York-based advocacy organization that works to protect kids in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. “This may drive even more children into the system.”