Foster kids go places in 2018

WE HAD SUCH A GREAT YEAR WE DIDN’T POST MUCH!

The winter took us to BAM film festival where we had 3 large groups of children and their caregivers enjoy awesome films!  

We applied for Corcoran Cares Grant in the winter and we got word in the summer that we will RECEIVE it in 2019! Thank you for Wendy Stark for helping us through the process.  

We took large groups to Teknopolis …  …. Dance Africa ….  (our children are not in these photos as we are not allowed to use them on our website!  The photos you see on our website we take and cover their faces, or show others around them at an event, or get photos from the events themselves! This is just another reason our population is so invisible.  It is considered illegal to use their likeness because their parents have not approved it and they are under 18 and are wards of the state. In other words the state is their parent and they will not approve them being used on the web. It is considered exploitation.  So we do our best! News organizations do have exceptions…which is why the more news coverage #FOSTERCARE can get .. the better!) We also sent one emancipated student to a Cherry Lane theatre acting class! A small but powerful dream come true! THANKS for squeezing us in Reed!  🙂

This was just our first half of the year!  Stay tuned for our second half.

 

Toy Drive

TOY DRIVE was huge success!  We collected 3 times as many toys as 2017!

In December we said:  TOY DRIVE 2018 is in full swing!

You can donate new toys for any ages at the lobby of 36 west 44th Street, between 6th Ave and 5th Ave….or the Signature Theatre on 42nd street between 10th Avenue and 9th Avenue.

New and unwrapped.  Any age group.  Let’s make this the biggest one yet!  Last year we got a letter from the commissioner:

We bring the toys to the ACS Children’s Center where all ages go when they get pulled out of their homes.  The Center houses them until a proper foster family can be found.  This can be days or weeks or months.  Our mission with the toys is to give them a few minutes of happiness while they chose a toy to bring with them to their new foster home.

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

FYD Has Ongoing Toy Drive For Foster Children

Our first ever Holiday Toy Drive was such a success!

When a child gets pulled from their dangerous living situation they often get  placed in the Children’s Center while waiting for a foster home. They are scared and sad. We decided to give them a few minutes of distraction and hopefully happiness by letting them choose a toy and bring it with them to their new home.

How did this start?

Painted Angel overlooks our Human Angels!

The angels at the Signature Theatre organized the first one for us.

Left to Right: Molly Shoemaker, Frank Gambino, Colleen Hughes, Sarah Lang

It started with a bin….

…and a few toys from patrons and staff …

… and bloomed in to a wonderful experience and inventory fun.  Many thanks to Colleen Hughes and ACS!

Then another surprise happened as Nancy Sing Bock from neighboring PS51 brought over a group of students with a load of toys!  Ms. Bock had walked by the Signature theatre many times on her way to her school and one day saw the sign for the FYD Toy Drive. She wanted her children to understand service and ‘giving’ first hand so they organized their very own toy drive!  Literally the day before everyone scattered for the holidays, this group came by with yet another load of toys and the Signature staff and FYD was in happy and humble shock.

THANK YOU TO ALL AND LET’S KEEP THE TOYS COMING! CONTACT ME TO FIND OUT HOW TO DONATE TOYS TO US!  sue wolf at foster your dream dot org (all smushed together!)

Foster Kids Hang With Old Hats

What better way to warm up on a cold day but to go to the Signature Theatre (Thanks Colleen Hughes!) and catch a performance of Old Hats and then hang out with the Cast! As usual, we can not show the faces of our young friends so pardon our privacy boxes! 2/2015

FYD OLD HATS 1 USE

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SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE IN THE CAST WHO PAID SPECIAL ATTENTION TO OUR GUESTS!!!

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BIG FISH THE MUSICAL HOSTS FOSTER YOUR DREAM

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Big Fish invites Foster Your Dream

As the sign says, Foster Your Dream was invited to see BIG FISH, the MUSICAL and it was BEAUTIFUL and GLORIOUS!  90 happy and lucky children got to take in the Broadway Show on a Saturday Night!

The singing and dancing and story were the favorite parts for the children.  One little girl announced her favorite was the Mermaid.  For the adults the amazing performances (some will probably garner a Tony Award) the sets and the poignant story brought us to tears!

As usual, we can not show you the faces of the children until we get permission, but while we were waiting outside it began to snow and I snapped a few stealthy photos while the children were enchanted by the first falling flakes of the season.

Waiting for Big Fish watching snowflakes

Waiting for Big Fish watching snowflakes

Happy But Shy!

Happy But Shy!

Darrell Williams and Deidra Sutton lead the way for ACS while Sue Wolf and Sarahbeth Grossman and Donald Yonker volunteered to greet and organize the groups as they arrived.  We will update this post with more information but the Bronx and Queens were handsomely represented in this magical outing!

The Greeting Committee

The Greeting Committee

Darrell Williams, Sue Wolf, Deidra Sutton

Darrell Williams, Sue Wolf, Deidra Sutton

Many thanks to all who donated money, tickets, time and energy.  Katie Pope and Heidi Neven you were angels to make this happen. As was Sean (house manager) and the box office staff!  To the Producers and the Cast and Crew and Orchestra we say  “the show was AMAZING and we all had the BEST TIME!  THANK YOU!”~ Sue Wolf Founder

 

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ANNIE HUGE SUCCESS SPAWNS BIG FISH TO INVITE KIDS TO BROADWAY

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The most wonderful thing happened to Foster Your Dream last week. A Broadway Company REACHED OUT TO US TO INVITE US TO SEE THEIR SHOW. Wait for it … wait for it …. BIG FISH has invited Foster Your Dream Kids and Caregivers to see their show this Saturday Night on Broadway. What an incredible gift for the Holidays.

The Company Manager of ANNIE, Heidi Neven, chose to make a connection for us, totally unsolicited, to Katie Pope who is the Assistant Company Manager of BIG FISH the Musical. Katie Pope reached out to FYD on Friday … totally out of the blue … and extended the generous invitation!

I’m not sure that you kind folks reading this article understand the magnitude of such a gift.  When I first started my mission of taking Kids in the ACS system and their families to see real, first class theatre on Broadway, I was mostly ignored. The one time I was hung up on, I almost gave up trying. To purchase 100 tickets for any Broadway Musical these days, even at a group rate, would cost between 4000 – 10,000 dollars.  But Broadway Theatre is special. It takes a lot of courage for investors to pony up millions of dollars and take a leap of faith to put on a show. There are hundreds of people working hard to make the event shine. The theatre district is a-buzz with activity that is generated by the money, blood, sweat and tears of a very special community.   So I kept going.

Even though I described the not-so-good behavior of some of this awesome community, I found that many, many people spent time and energy with me on the phone trying to help me brainstorm ways I could get these kids to see a show! Because our theatre goers are unique, many of the audience-outreach programs didn’t apply. Having kids participate in an ongoing theatre development program that required classes and commitments was out of the question due to myriad reasons. Our kids are often moved around. They can be shuttled from home to home from family members to foster families. Many grandparents are the primary caregivers and this aging population is all of a sudden thrown into child rearing 2.0 just when they had planned to sit quietly and enjoy the spoils of their long lives! Often family members are in another state. Trying to describe the unique nature of the needs FYD exists to meet, I often tried to explain that “we are a little bit like Make A Wish Foundation for healthy children in the Foster Care System. Please help us one dream at a time!”

My feeling always was that once the word got out into the Broadway community, my wish for this awesome group of citizens would be realized and a steady stream of tickets would be made available to us so young minds could be ‘opened up’ and magical theatre could be ‘poured in.’  I also knew that harried caregivers would benefit greatly from being able to sit back and take a breath while enjoying a show. Thanks to the benevolent and tight knit Broadway Theatre Community my dream seems to be coming to fruition and for this I will forever be grateful.

BIG FISH, here we come! Because of you and all those who have paved the way to the hallowed Broadway Theaters, we feel special and loved. Thanks for flinging the doors open. BRAVO! ~~ Sue Wolf, Founder.