We have roughly 700 children here in rural northern Nevada that go into foster care each year. Here in Winnemucca, Humboldt AVA works with DCFS to help children in foster care and kinship care in many ways. One way is buy making and distributing "sweet bags". These are very nice bags with: a toothbrush, stuffed bear, coloring book and crayons, and a blanket inside. They give the children something to call their own and to put their things in, instead of having to use a trash bag. We are hoping to add wonderful books to each bag. We have 50 sweet bags to put books in right now. We are looking for people to donate $25.00 to sponsor a child/sweet bag. Your donation will be matched at 150% when we reach $250 raised. I am hoping to donate $1500.00 of Usborne books! Books are a wonderful way for children to "escape", they promote learning and literacy, and are fun "toy" that will never get old.
I would like to share Humboldt AVA's Mission with you along with a story about three children here in our community that have been in foster care.
The stories: A lot of children in foster care do not know what holidays are. There were three children in foster care and they were asked what they wanted for Christmas. All the children would say was "socks and underwear". They did not know they could ask for anything else. I have been told that many children in foster care ask for socks and underwear not knowing they can ask for anything else. I am hoping to help give these children something that is theirs and not just a necessity.
The mission of AVA is to empower those victimized by abuse and/or violence through advocacy and crisis intervention and to raise awareness in the community about the cause, impact and prevention of relationship abuse, sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, and bullying. The Family Advocacy Program supports and promotes volunteer advocacy to protect the best interests of children in the child welfare system in Humboldt and Lander Counties in Nevada.