Bloom hosts quarterly date nights and social events such as pancake breakfasts and pizza parties. Events are either family-friendly, or childcare is provided.
Each year, Bloom hosts a Christmas celebration for the foster families and children in our program. In addition to providing a direct, tangible way for Bloom to bring joy and excitement to children living in foster care, the party sets the stage for special memories to be made and family bonds to be strengthened. At the party, Bloom foster children feel accepted and loved as they celebrate the holidays surrounded by the people who care about them.
In conjunction with National Foster Care month, Bloom hosts an annual Foster Family Appreciation Picnic for the foster families and children in our program. At Bloom, foster parents are our heroes. The annual appreciation picnic provides a way for the community to appreciate and celebrate Bloom’s fabulous foster families and the children in their care.
The Bloom Foster Parent Resource Library contains an assortment of books and DVD’s available for Bloom Foster Parents to check out.
Example topics and areas of interest:
• Troublesome areas such as tantrums, bed-wetting, picky eating, sibling rivalry, ADHD, trauma and loss, infant sleep.
• Books and DVD’s to help you be the best Foster Parent possible including topics like: self-care, effective parenting strategies, fun and brain-boosting activities to do with children, and understanding the teenage brain.
• Children’s books for all ages available on topics such as: bullying, making friends, grief and loss, changing families, stress and anxiety, and many more.
At The Bloom Closet, we provide FREE essentials to foster children in a fun, boutique-like setting. Foster children receive free clothing, shoes, school supplies, hygiene items, toys, diapers, baby gear, and seasonal items. All shopping is done by appointment. To learn more about The Bloom Closet, please click here.
A welcome basket is given to each Bloom foster family upon approval, and “Welcome Home” dinner is provided when a foster family receives their first placement.
In partnership with the Midwest Food Bank, Bloom provides food baskets to our foster families each month. The baskets contain a mixture of non-perishable items such as canned goods, snacks, and drinks.