Recent studies indicate that more than half of children in foster care have never participated in an extracurricular activity of any kind. Due to their often transient status, the generally lower socioeconomic standing of foster families and a lack of attachment to their school, these kids have few experiences outside of school to spark their creative interests and bring out hidden talents. In the dependency system, this is referred to as “seeking normalcy.” Children in the child welfare system deserve to be treated like any other child and should be able to participate in normal, age-appropriate activities. A report released by the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program,
"A Voice Heard," noted insufficient funds to support participation in outside activities was a significant barrier to implementing the "Let Kids be Kids" Law.
The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay believes strongly that children in care should not just survive but thrive. This year, we are seeking to expand the number of extra-curricular and educational enrichment activities that children in care participate in year round. Thanks to a generous grant from Wells Fargo, more children will be allowed to participate in activities they may otherwise be unable to afford. Wells Fargo embraces their responsibility to be a leading corporate citizen and the opportunity to create more resilient, sustainable communities through their operations and actions and Let Kids be Kids is just one of many local efforts they support. On behalf of the children we serve, thank you Wells Fargo for your generous donation to support children in care.