Request a Birthday Buddy

Do you know a foster child who is likely to receive nothing or almost nothing for his/her birthday? The Coalition has a resource that can help – the Birthday Buddy program!

Through this program, generous individuals in the St. Louis community offer to become a Birthday Buddy and purchase birthday gifts for a child in foster care.  Foster parents/case managers must complete a Birthday Buddy application, providing the Coalition with general information about the child and birthday present ideas, which will be posted on our website. If a child is matched with a donating Birthday Buddy, the foster parent/case manager must pick up the birthday presents at our Birthday Buddy Co-Coordinator’s home in Kirkwood, Missouri or Bethalto, Illinois.

For more information, please contact Shelley Thomas-Benke by phone at 800.FOSTER.3 (314.367.8373) x2229.

For a foster parent/case manager to enroll his/her foster child in the “Birthday Buddy” program:

  1. The foster parent/case manager must complete and submit the below application.
  2. The child MUST currently be in foster care (not adopted or guardianship).
  3. The foster child must be likely to receive nothing or almost nothing for his/her birthday.
  4. Applications must be submitted at lease one month prior to the child’s birthday.
  5. Applications must be submitted no more than four months before the child’s birthday.

If you prefer, you may download and print the Birthday Buddy Application and fax it to 314.241.0715 or mail it to the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, Attn: Birthday Buddies, 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 210, St. Louis, MO 63144.

  1. Your Contact Information

  2. Caseworker Information

  3. Foster Child

  4. We will use the following information to write a short profile about the child to post on the Birthday Buddy page on our website:

  5. RELEASE FORM By completing and signing this application, I he reby request to enroll the foster child in my physical custody in the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition’s Birthday Buddy program. 1. I understand there is no guarantee that my foster child will be matched with a Birthday Buddy. I understand that I will be contacted if the child is matched; 2. I understand that the Birthday Buddy program is completely dependent on the generosity and responsibility of others. I understand that even if my foster child is matched with a Birthday Buddy, circumstances beyond the Coalition’s control may prevent my foster child from receiving presents through the Birthday Buddy program. 3. If my foster child is matched with a Birthday Buddy, I agree to pick up the donated birthday presents in a timely fashion. I understand that I must pick up these birthday presents at one of the Birthday Buddy Coordinators’ homes in Kirkwood, Missouri or Waterloo, Illinois. 4. I promise to inform the Coalition if the foster child is removed from my physical custody before his / her birthday. 5. I promise that we will write a thank you note to the Birthday Buddy within 14 days of receiving the birthday present. I will send the thank you note to the Birthday Buddy Coordinator, to be forwarded to the Birthday Buddy. 6. I attest that the information in this Birthday Buddy application is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

  6. By typing your full name and initials below, you electronically acknowledge reading and understanding the above information. You state that all of the information you provided is true.

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