Foster Children’s Alliance (FOCAL) has been helping Madison County foster children and foster parents since 1985. FOCAL assists foster children and families with resources to meet the many needs of children that cannot be obtained other ways. Monies are earned through fundraising events and donations from the community. Administrative costs are less than $175 per year.
Here are just a few of the many ways the money is used.
• field trip expenses
• dance lessons
• special clothing needs
• graduation expenses
• school supplies
• funding for camps
• band instruments
• athletic fees
• enrichment programs
• therapeutic/special needs ofthe handicapped foster children
Volunteers in the community work together with the Madison County Department of Human Resources to raise money, determine how the money is best spent, and to organize collection and distribution of Christmas gifts for the county’s foster children. Professionals from all walks of life, and other citizens – young people, retired people, working people, children who care enough to take their time to work for the needs of local foster children.
FOCAL's major annual effort is to provide Christmas gifts for anywhere between 200 and 400 children in foster homes in Madison County and for Madison County children who live in foster homes and facilities in other parts of Alabama. They also provide sponsors for teens that are living in an independent living program.
Click here for more information of FOCAL or e-mail FocalofMadison@gmail.com .