Raintree Children and Family Services
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Raintree Children and Family Services became inundated with calls seeking placement of children in foster care. The storm had interrupted training and recruiting of foster parents and the number of available foster homes was dwindling.
To make matters worse, Raintree found it was the only group home for foster girls still operating in New Orleans during the months following the storm. In addition to the group home for girls, Raintree also oversees a private, family foster care program.
Raintree remained operational after the storm, despite damage to their buildings and a brief evacuation to Houston, but their efforts have been compromised by the storm's interruption of their fundraising activities. With the citywide postal service unavailable and Raintree's donor base displaced, the nonprofit organization's annual end of the year donation appeal and their annual March gala event-activities that usually generated more than $85,000 in proceeds-had to be set aside.
To help make up for this loss, CWLA's Katrina Kids fund has awarded $65,882 to Raintree to hire and train foster care case managers; to recruit, screen, and train foster families; and to implement a media campaign for recruitment of foster families. The grant will also offset some utilities expenses, as well as maintenance and repair expenses.
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