Through private donations, New Mexico Friends of Foster Children helps provide the things that help foster kids be kids. How do we help foster kids be kids? By paying for sports or camp fees, buying a bike or an instrument for band, paying for tutoring or helping a child go on a school trip. Think of what is important for a child to grow and flourish and our donors help make that a reality for children in foster care in New Mexico. A foster parent, social worker or other advocate for a foster child may submit an application for funding to address the child’s interest or need by downloading the form here and submitting it to NMFFC.

New Mexico Friends of Foster Children (NMFFC) also awards scholarships annually to young people between the ages of 17 and 25 who have been in the child welfare system in New Mexico for six months or more at any time in their lives. Scholarships are for up to $1,000 a year and are intended to help with the expenses of: a community college or university, a specialized training program, an internship, study abroad, or other education or training program beyond high school or GED. $11,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2015 and $13,000 in 2016.

NMFFC is a 501(c)(3) Not-For- Profit Organization, Federal ID No. 27-0363331.

Background

While the State of New Mexico seeks to do as much as it can to encourage and support the health and well-being of the children in its custody, there is much it does not or cannot provide for these children. NMFFC seeks to supplement the State’s limited resources. Foster parents are reimbursed for a portion of the costs associated with caring for New Mexico’s children, but their resources are stretched thin. Often they struggle to provide more than the essentials for the children they house and nurture. Friends helps to enhance the morale of foster parents, permanency planning workers, guardians ad litem, youth attorneys, CASA volunteers, and others by providing music lessons, bikes, tutoring, items and activities which were previously unavailable to children in foster care.

In September 2003, the Statewide Advisory Committee (SAC) of the New Mexico Child Abuse and Neglect Citizen Review Board (CRB) created New Mexico Friends of Foster Children (NMFFC). After reviewing the cases of abused and neglected children, CRB volunteers felt the need to be part of the solution by enriching the lives of children in foster care and supporting their growth. In April 2003, CRB volunteers initiated the Duffels and Diapers drive that collected and distributed over 3,100 pieces of luggage and 14,200 diapers to children in foster care around the state. This event was the precursor to the creation of the New Mexico Friends of Foster Children.

Bowling Tournament in T or C November 11 & 12 2017

JOIN US IN T OR C ON NOVEMBER 11 & 12 AT BEDROXX BOWLING CENTER TO BOWL AND RAISE MONEY FOR FOSTER CHILDREN! IT’S THE THIRD ANNUAL SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO OPEN. WANT TO SUPPORT THE TOURNAMENT AND THE CHILDREN BUT DON’T BOWL – BE A SPONSOR...

hONEyhoUSe Benefit for NMFFC September 2017

Albuquerque’s beloved hONEyhoUSe is again performing in a special fundraiser for New Mexico Friends of Foster Children! 100% of the proceeds go to support our programs. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see the band while helping a great cause! hONEyhoUSe in...