Foster Parent Guidelines
Foster reStore is a gently-loved thrift store, open to the public, dedicated to helping foster children. Fosters carries mainly clothing, but also toys, baby equipment, household goods, new furniture, mattresses and beds, clothing accessories, and more. Our primary mission is to help foster parents by subsidizing the cost of clothing a foster child, so we’ve developed a program to help.
WHAT WE DO:
Fosters provides a $30 per month store credit per foster child, up to $60 a month total per foster family. Foster families can earn more store credit by volunteering at the store. Volunteering earns $10 for every hour volunteered, up to the maximum of $30 per foster child currently in the household. We also understand that some foster parents are overwhelmed and just can’t find the time to volunteer. You can have a friend or family member volunteer in your place and still earn the credit. Volunteering times are available any time the store is open, and we always have something for you to do.
HOW IT WORKS:
As of July 1st, 2020, you MUST schedule an appointment online in order to use your Foster Credit. This is to avoid too many people in the store at one time and to avoid any lines at the register as Foster Credit checkouts take more time. This will also ensure that you receive the attention you deserve if you need assistance while shopping. You can always swing into the store to see if there is an immediate appointment available, but it will not always be guaranteed. You will be asked to come back at a schedule time if someone is shopping.
The foster parent wanting to shop with Foster Credits will need to register in-person at the store. You cannot have a friend register for you. You will need to bring your photo ID, and a copy of the placement letter for each child you wish to register. The name on your ID MUST match the name on the placement letter. Photocopies or photographs are accepted. We do not copy nor keep any paperwork. You also MUST have a valid email address and phone number. If you do not have these items, not sure what you have will work, or have a special circumstance, please call the store prior to arriving and ask for a manager to make special arrangements. Our Sales Associates do not have the authority to stray from policy, so please do not put them in that position. The foster children need not be present; however, we encourage you to bring the youth age and up with you, so they can have the experience of shopping for themselves. Currently with the pandemic still active, we discourage bringing any children with you when you shop.
You MUST then register online. You will use the same email address you used in the store when you registered. It will verify your identity and then show you a calendar where you can select a day and time to shop. If you have not registered in the store yet, just register online normally and when you get to the store with your paperwork, let them know that you have an account already. The sales associate will verify your information and then flag your account as a foster parent. Then you can make your appointments to shop online.
Once you are registered, you will receive a store credit for the foster children as outlined above. Only immediate family members may shop with the child’s credit. Please do not be offended if we ask for ID each time you come in. Foster credits are only redeemable at our Racine location at 2000 Lathrop Avenue. ALL FOSTER PARENT/CHILD TRANSACTIONS MUST BE COMPLETED 1 HOUR PRIOR TO STORE CLOSING. This is 4pm on Sunday, and 5pm on Monday-Saturday. If it is past this time, you will be asked to come back the next day. This is so our staff may perform their closing duties and get home to their families in a timely manner. Thank you for your understanding.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
The child’s credit can purchase any regular donated clothing in the “CLOTHING” category. This includes infant to adult clothing racks and 1 pair of shoes.
- Shoes (1 pair)
25% OFF ITEMS
Foster children will receive the following at 25% off the regular marked price all day, every day. If there is a general sale, the foster parent will receive whatever discount is greater.
- Jackets winter/summer
- Hats, mittens, gloves
- Sweatshirts/hoodies (as categorized)
- Formal dresses (as categorized)
- Additional shoes
- Undergarments (1 package when available)
- Socks (1 package when available)
ITEMS NOT INCLUDED
These items are not included in the foster credit system or discount
- Baby equipment (strollers, pack-n-plays, bouncers, etc.)
- Household Goods
- Any new items like fidget spinners
- Furniture, beds, mattresses
- Any non-clothing items
My Foster Kids Foundation, Inc. is funded solely by the revenue generated by Fosters reStore and the sales of the items that are donated. We want to continue to help you for many years to come, but we can’t do this if we don’t generate enough revenue to pay the bills. You can help by spreading the word to your friends and family about our store, encouraging them to shop and support the foster care system. Have them volunteer, shop, or share our mission.
Thank you to each and every foster parent and family for opening your homes and hearts to these children. We’re here to help you help them. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 262-333-8414 or email email@example.com.