should dream of and plan for a day when fewer children require foster
care. But until that day comes, we have a moral responsibility to
prepare young people leaving foster care ..."
The 2019 Give-a-Gift Program campaign has begun! The perfect time to help support our local foster youth is NOW!
Your investment will make an immediate impact in the lives of foster youth in Sonoma County. We provide holiday gifts to over 250 foster children who may otherwise not receive a gift at all. Additionally, we provide laptop computers to college-bound foster youth - a vital tool for their academic and career endeavors.
This year's sponsor and donor levels include:
Buy a Computer Sponsor ($700) Launch to college Donor ($200)
Donate by Check: Please download this donation form and mail it to:
The Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation
Impacts of Giving: Here is what your donations have helped us achieve this past year
The Give-a-Gift program is proud to connect with our community to help improve the quality of lives for youth in our Foster Care System. The support we provide benefits children of all ages in the system. We focus on two initiatives:
For over 60 years the SCMAA has coordinated directly with Sonoma County Family, Youth and Children's Division to provide holiday gifts during the Holiday season for children in foster care. Sonoma County Human Services Department
These children have entered the Foster Care System as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. They have been separated from their families through no fault of their own. This separation is particularly difficult during the holidays. The generosity of our supporters helps lessen their sadness during this season by providing gifts matched directly to their wishes. These gifts often provide essentials such as winter coats, clothing, books and school supplies. The SCMAA takes great pride in supporting these children who might otherwise not receive a gift at all.
In 2007 we expanded the Give-a-Gift program in an effort to address some of the significant challenges faced by transitional age youth. (16-24 years old.) Between the ages of 18-21 years old, young adults age-out of the Child Welfare System. They lose funding and benefits that allow them to stay in foster family or group homes. Many of these youth never reunite with their families. Without housing, educational or emotional support, the future is challenging. The Give-a-Gift Program is dedicated to helping these transitional age youth in Sonoma County. We believe by continuing their education, our local foster youth have the greatest chance for success. Laptop computers are essential to help keep educational opportunities alive.