Birthday Buddies

Does Your Child Need a Birthday Buddy?

Parents – click the button below to submit a referral. 

Program Overview

Birthday Buddies is a program for kids in foster care with upcoming birthdays, who have been identified as likely to receive very few or no gifts for their birthday. Kids 12 years and under get $75 worth of gifts, and kids 13 and older get $100 worth of gifts. As a Birthday Buddy, you donate to grant the birthday wishes by purchasing gifts online. The gifts will be shipped directly to the child in time for their birthday. 

Children Needing Buddies

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Ryder

❤️ 3 years old in June

Ryder is a silly kid! He has been in care for 3 years. He loves to play outside. His favorite activities always involve water or dirt. He wants to be a policeman when he grows up. Ryder is a big fan of Power Rangers and Spider Man. 

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Ryder’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Jake

❤️ 7 years old in June

Jake is a curious kid! He has been in care for one year. Jake loves all things ocean related. His favorite animal is the shark! He loves the Little Mermaid. For his birthday, he would be thrilled to get a kids sensory spin chair.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Jake’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Riylynn

❤️ 2 years old in June

Riylynn is an outgoing, fun little girl! SHe has been in care for 2 years. She loves to play with her friends. She likes music and dancing. For her birthday, she would be thrilled to get a pop purse, LeapFrog laptop, and new shoes.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Riylynn’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Dentson

❤️ 8 years old in June

Dentson is a curious, loving kiddo! He has been in care for over a year. He loves to dance and play with his friends. He is super interested in learning about space and Earth. Dentson wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up! For his birthday, he would like to get new t-shirts and action figures.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Dentson’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Scarlett

❤️ 5 years old in June

Scarlett is a witty, kind girl! She has been in care for 5 years. She is compassionate and outgoing. Scarlett makes everyone feel special. She loves all things girlie, unicorns, princesses, and animals. She is starting dance and gymnastics soon! For her birthday, she would love to get leotards and sensory toys.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Scarlett’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Novalea

❤️ 1 year old in June

Novalea is a cutie pie! She has been in care for 10 months. She is a super happy baby, and she loves to smile and laugh. Her favorite movie is Trolls. She loves to learn from Miss Rachel. For her first birthday, she would be thrilled to get a piano mat, new clothes, and baby toys.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Novaleas birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for JT

❤️ 8 years old in June

JT is a ball of energy! He has been in care for 2 years. JT loves to learn and go to school. He is very kind and loving. He loves to play Minecraft and Roblox. His favorite superhero is Spiderman! For his birthday, he would love t-shirts, action figures, and a remote control car.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for JT’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Elijah

❤️ 8 years old in June

Elijah is an outgoing kiddo! He has been in care for over a year. He loves dancing and playing soccer. Elijah is excited to try baseball this year. His favorite color is green, and he loves to play games! For his birthday, he would love a tablet.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Elijah’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Jahmaine

❤️ 5 years old in June

Jahmaine is a sweet, smart kid! He has been in care for 2 years. He loves the Avengers, especially the Hulk. He is starting to love school, and he is super excited for Kindergarten! Jahmaine is learning to read and loves it. For his birthday, he would love to get a LeapFrog reading story and board games.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Jahmaine’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Jermaine

❤️ 5 years old in June

Jermaine is a fun, active kiddo! He has been in care for 2 years. He loves dinosaurs, Legos, and cars. Jermaine learned lots in Pre-K and loves to go to school! He is enoying learning how to write and is so close to learning how to read. He is super excited for Kindergarten! For his birthday, he would love to get new LeapFrog toys and a fire station Lego set.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Jermaine’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Anthony

❤️ 2 years old in June

Anthony is a happy little boy! He has been in care since birth. He loves music, Bluey, and all kinds of trucks. Anthony is always talking and always has a smile on his face. He likes to think he’s the oldest even though he’s the baby of the family. For his birthday, he would like trucks, new tennis shoes, and music toys.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Anthony’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Kimberly

❤️ 2 years old in June

Kimberly is a growing girl! She has been in care for almost 2 years. She is very curious, and she likes cars. Kimberly loves to play in water and ride her bike. She loves to play with her twin brother too! For her birthday, she would like to get a water table, swimsuit, and food toys. 

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Kimberly’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Skylah

❤️ 1 year old in June

Skylah is a busy bee! She has been in care for almost one year. She is curious and smart. Skylah loves to learn all new things. For her birthday, she would love new clothes for the summer.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Skylah’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Maricela

❤️ 10 years old in June

Maricela is a bubbly kid! She has been in care for 3 years. She loves to build Lego sets, and her favorite character is Stitch. Maricela is outgoing and loves to have fun. For her birthday, she would be thrilled to her a Squishmallow and barbie clothes.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Maricela’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Jayend

❤️ 1 year old in June

Jayend is a happy kiddo! He has been in care for almost one year. He loves to be outside, climbing around and exploring. Jayend is very independent and learning so much every day. For his birthday, he would love to get new clothes and shoes.  

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Jayend’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Zion

❤️ 8 years old in June

Zion is a sweet, loving kiddo! He has been in care for over a year. He loves to sing and play with his friends. Zion is a big family kid and enjoys hanging out with the people he loves. For his birthday, he would be thrilled to get a tablet, action figures, and books.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Zion’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for A’Mirakle

❤️ 2 years old in May

A’Mirakle is a funny, sweet little girl! She has been in care since birth. She is very happy-go-lucky, and she loves to jump around. A’Mirakle is always singing and dancing whenever she gets the chance. For her birthday, she would be thrilled to get an inflatable trampoline.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for A’Mirakle’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Brooklyn

❤️ 1 year old in May

Brooklyn is a very happy baby! She has been in care for 2 months. She loves to eat! Brooklyn is a little busy bee, and she is the fastest crawler ever. She is a big animal fan. For her first birthday, she would love walker toys and Montessori toys.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Brooklyn’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Legend

❤️ 2 years old in May

Legend is a vibrant little boy! He has been in care for 2 years. He loves to play pretend with his cars and trucks. Legend is a big fan of action figures. He loves to sing, especially at church on Sundays. For his birthday, he would be thrilled to get cars, trucks, and coloring books.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Legend’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

 

Birthday Buddy Gifts for Arya

❤️ 5 years old in May

Arya is a funny, bubbly girl! She has been in care for 2 years. She loves stuffed animals. Arya is smart and loves to laugh. She likes to listen to music, and she LOVES a good pillow fight. For her birthday, she would like Furbies and a unicorn purse.

We’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Arya’s birthday gifts. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

 


Matched with a Buddy!

Karmajah – 16 years old 

Karmajah is a social butterfly! She has been in care for almost one year. Karmajah has a great sense of humor, and she loves to spend time with her friends. She is an avid movie-goer and likes dressing up for a day out. She hopes to be a fashion designer one day! For her birthday, she would be thrilled to get a Visa gift card so that she can go on a shopping spree. 

Carmen – 13 years old 

Carmen is a cool kid! She has been in care for 4 months. She likes to play video games. Carmen loves animals and really enjoys playing dress up. She got a Nintendo Switch for Christmas, and she is excited to play more games. For her birthday, she would love new video games and a hoverboard.

Xzavion – 17 years old 

Xzavion is a talented young man! He has been in care for over a year. Xzavion is artistic, and he is becoming more interested in drawing. He likes cooking and dancing. Xzavion has a great sense of humor, and he loves making people laugh. He is especially gifted at imitating characters on TV! For his birthday, he would be thrilled to get a Nike or Footlocker gift card. 

Jude – 17 years old 

Jude is an absolute joy! She has been in care for 8 months. She is extremely hard working and independent. Jude worked hard to graduate early, start working, and purchased her own car. She is a fearless leader in everything she does. For her birthday, she would like a Walmart gift card. 

Baby Boy – 1 year old 

Baby Boy is a sweet and curious kiddo! He has been in care since birth. He loves his older siblings, and he soaks up being the youngest. He is learning so much every day and has overcome many obstacles. For his birthday, he would love a musical map, busy board, and other learning toys. 

Lamar – 12 years old 

Lamar is a kind, smart kid! He has been in care for 5 years. Lamar can be a little shy and quiet, but he loves to have fun and spend time with his sister. His favorite activity is playing video games. For his birthday, he would love a Target gift card. 

Deriona  – 20 years old 

Deriona is a wonderful young lady! She has been in care for 3 years. Deriona is very friendly, and she makes everyone feel welcome. She enjoys cooking and doing hair. Deriona works very hard, and she loves to relax and watch movies on her days off from work. For her birthday, she would be thrilled to get an Amazon gift card. 

Rah’Keem – 11 years old 

Rah’Keem is a sweet and funny kid! He has been in care for 3 years. Rah’Keem loves to learn. He is very smart and likes to try new things. He is a certified jokester and enjoys making people laugh as much as possible. For his birthday, he would like a pair of Nike shoes. 

Cole – 2 years old 

Cole is a fun little boy! He has been in care for one year. Cole is an absolute bundle of joy. He is learning how to walk, and he loves to move around. Cole likes reading books and playing with his toys in the bath. For his birthday, he would love to get bath toys, new clothes, and books.

Referrals

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

  1. The foster parent/case manager must complete and submit the application below.
  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 their birthday.
  4. Applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the child’s birthday.
  5. Applications must be submitted no more than four months before the child’s birthday.

By completing and signing this application, I hereby 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. I promise to inform the Coalition if the foster child is removed from my physical custody before their birthday.
  4. 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 Coalition, to be forwarded to the Birthday Buddy. 
  5. I attest that the information in this Birthday Buddy application is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

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



Questions?

Contact Madison Brown at (314) 806-2556. 

*We try to ensure that as many foster children as possible receive gifts on their birthday. On rare occasion, we may pull gifts from an extremely generous donation to share with another foster child who has not been matched with a Birthday Buddy.