Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

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Donations Needed for Lifebook Project: Help A Child In Foster Care Tell Their Story & Heal In The Process

Hands & Feet Project February 2012 with LSS & Life Radio 96.5 Lutheran Social Services needs art and craft donations for children in the foster care program to make Life books, to tell their life stories. You will find a list of needed supplies below. A Life book contains specific information about a child’s birth, birth family, culture, school history, places they have lived and much more. Often, children in foster care may not have someone who knows all about them, including things like where they were born, their biological grandparents, when they lost their first tooth or what their favorite food was when they were eight. A Life book is intended to help a child keep track of their life path.

“A Life book simply brings a child’s past, present and future together,” says Dede Mogck, director of LSS Foster Care Services. “A Life book is always a ‘work in progress’ in that a foster parent and a child add to the book as the child reaches different life stages.”

Life books help children in foster care, adoption, or other out-of-home placements to fill in the gaps of their life stories. Knowing their story helps them to understand who they are, increases their self-esteem, helps them set goals and look to their future. Life books also can be used as a tool to talk about difficult subjects and can help children prepare to return to their birth families or to possibly move to adoptive families.

Learn more about children in foster care and how Life books can impact their lives by tuning into Life Radio 96.5 throughout the month of February. Volunteers will help children create their Life books at Peace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 5509 W. 41st St., on February 28 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

LSS offers Specialized Foster Care for children with developmental delays, disabilities or health concerns; and, Treatment Foster Care for children with emotional, social and behavioral needs that cannot be met in their homes, schools and community environments.

For more information, contact Amy Witt, LSS Foster Care Services, office 605-221-2419, cell 605-376-8255, amy.witt@LssSD.org

NEEDED SUPPLIES
• 8.5x11” 3 ring binders (preferably 2” or 3”)
• Clear protective page covers (8.5x11”)
• Cardstock, colored paper, scrapbook paper (any size)
• Colored pens, pencils, markers
• Stickers of all kinds
• Photo tape, adhesives
• Fun scissors
• Stamps, ink
• Anything you would use for a scrapbook
• Gift cards for photo printing

DROP-OFF SITES FOR SUPPLIES
• R Scrapbook Store: 3709 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD
• Lutheran Social Services: 705 East 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD
• KNWC Life Radio 96.5 6300 S. Tallgrass Ave., Sioux Falls, SD

Or mail to Lutheran Social Services, 705 East 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Last year, more than 56,000 lives were touched through a variety of services offered through LSS statewide. Core services offered by LSS include adoption, pregnancy counseling, foster care, childcare, disaster response, consumer credit counseling, residential services for children and youth, mentoring, refugee and immigration services, affordable housing, and mental health counseling. LSS serves people of all ages, races, faiths and economic levels with professional, confidential and affordable services. LSS is licensed by the State of South Dakota and accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

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