Walk Me Home Foster Care Event 2016
The Tennessee Foster Adoptive Care Association (TFACA) last year provided $13,000 in grants to support children in foster care -- a direct result of the annual fund-raising 5K walk, Walk Me Home.
Walk Me Home events in four cities across Tennessee are held in May and September.
Submitted by J.P. Peach
Walk Me Home Nashville, Event Chair
The Walk Me Home Enrichment Fund provides financial assistance to children in foster care for enriching and therapeutic activities such as extracurricular activities, sports equipment, camp enrollments and more.
DCS Family Services Workers can request grants from the enrichment fund for children on their caseload at the TFACA site.
How the Fund Directly Helps
Here are a couple of examples of how children have been supported from Walk Me Home.
"In hopes of family reunification, M. is on a trial home placement with her biological mother, who is single and has limited funds for extracurricular activities. Her mother is already paying for M.’s participation in The Boys & Girls Club and wants M. to be able to participate in the club’s weekly field trips. For $40, M. was able to go to a nature center, roller skating, the zoo and the aquarium."
"D. wanted to play football at school and needed of Boys size 4 cleats to be able to participate. His grandmother is his kinship parent and is caring for D. and his two siblings. She lives on a fixed income, but wants to keep D. involved in extracurricular activities. “D. was super excited to get the cleats because playing football has allowed him to make more friends. He wouldn’t have been able to play without them, so they have made all the difference in the world.”
How Can you Build a Team?
Designate a Team Captain to create your team online on the Walk Me Home website. Then each person can register online at the same website. During the registration process, they will be asked if they want to "Join a Team" so make sure everyone has your team name.
Registration is $20 per person for ages 13 and up, which includes a free t-shirt. Children 12 and under walk free.
Please click on the city/region links for details about each walk.
Alcoa, May 4, Maryville/Aloca Greenbelt - Pistol Creek
Nashville, May 7 at the Bicentennial Mall State Park
Shelby County, May 21, Overton Park - Rainbow Lake Pavilion
Chattanooga, September 17, Riverpark - Hubert Fry Center