Little Wishes

Program Overview

Little Wishes is a heartfelt initiative within Family Enrichment, offering children impacted by foster care opportunities for joy, growth, and cherished memories. Through a range of experiences and material gifts, such as summer camp funds, amusement park passes, sports lessons, music classes, bikes, and birthday celebrations, Little Wishes fosters a sense of normalcy and happiness in their lives. It’s about providing our children with the chance to thrive amidst challenging circumstances, creating moments they’ll treasure forever.

Does Your Child Need a Little Wish?

Parents – click the button below to submit a referral.

Grant a Little Wish

Melody- Bedroom makeover

Melody is a 6 year old girl who is dreaming of a bedroom decorated for her – mermaid style! She’s picked out bedding, curtains, wall decals and more. Making this Little Wish come true will help Melody feel a sense of belonging in her foster home and give her a special place of her own.

Derrion- Birthday celebration

Derrion’s 17th birthday wish is to celebrate by jumping on trampolines with his closest friends. He moved to a new home 6 months ago, and hasn’t had the opportunity to hang out with old friends. He’s constantly talking about how much he wants to introduce his new friends to his old ones, and a birthday celebration is the perfect reason!

Johnnie- 26 inch bike with helmet

As seen on KSDK’s A Place to Call Home, 14 year old Johnnie is a shy young man who loves animals, pepperoni pizza, and playing on his Xbox. He also likes to spend time outside, walking around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park. His Little Wish is to get a 26 inch bicycle (with helmet) so he can venture even further and enjoy the outdoors to the fullest.

Jamiah- Special birthday celebration

Jamiah’s foster parent has planned a special trip for her and her foster siblings- a trip to Chicago! When she found out, Jamiah asked if she could have her birthday celebration at the Sugar Factory, known for its celebrity fans and Instagram-worthy treats. She’s watched the TikTok clips of restaurant staff bringing dessert out to the table with fiery candles while singing happy birthday and is sooo excited that she might be able to have that experience for herself. Granting this Little Wish would give Jamiah an unforgettable experience that will be the highlight of her summer!

Charlie- Gymnastics lessons

Eight year old Charlie loves to tumble and do tricks. She’s even taught herself how to flip using one hand!  Charlie is showing a lot of talent for gymnastics and would like to start taking lessons so she can get even better. She would love to be like Gabby Douglas someday!

Nani- Cheerleading lessons

Last year, Nani’s Little Wish was for cheerleading lessons, and she’s excited to request them again this year. It has given her a wonderful chance to make friends and she absolutely LOVES it! She even spends much of her free time watching cheerleading and dance videos. Granting this Little Wish can make Nani’s cheerleading dreams a reality.

Dayshion- Six Flags

Dayshion and his foster brother Akeem are the perfect ages to enjoy everything Six Flags has to offer from the roller coasters to the awesome water slides in Hurricane Harbor. This Little Wish will give them and their foster parent admission, parking, and food at the park.

Akeem- Six Flags

Akeem and his foster brother Dayshion are the perfect ages to enjoy everything Six Flags has to offer from the roller coasters to the awesome water slides in Hurricane Harbor. This Little Wish will give them and their foster parent admission, parking, and food at the park.

Note: if no Little Wishes appear above, then all of them are granted at this time. Consider making a donation to grant a child’s big wish – a forever family – instead!

Little Wishes Requirements

Please consider the following criteria BEFORE completing and submitting a Little Wishes Referral Form.


  • Child must be at least 5 years old.
  • Child must currently be in foster care.
  • One wish per year, per child.

A Little Wish must

  • Develop or enhance a skill (for example, dance lessons, bicycle, basketball hoop).
  • Sustain the bond between biological siblings living in separate foster homes (for example, sibling visits to Chuck E. Cheese or Dave and Busters).
  • Provide the child with an opportunity to attend an attraction, event, camp, or trip (for example, a Cardinals game, summer camp, or senior trip). If the request is for the child to have the opportunity to attend a special attraction or event, please understand that the Little Wishes program provides funding for the child and one additional person to attend unless there are special circumstances.
  • Allow the child to gather with family and friends to celebrate a special day (for example, a special birthday party, prom expenses, graduation fees).
  • Makeover a space to cultivate a child’s sense of belonging in their home
  • Dollar limit: $300 maximum for summer camp; otherwise, $250 maximum for all other Little Wish requests.

Other Requirements

  • Foster family/case workers/adoption recruiter/CASA/GAL are responsible for identifying and securing transportation necessary for fulfillment of wish.
  • Area limited to greater metro St. Louis area – Travel outside this area off limits.
  • Camps are determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • The time frame for wishes should be reasonable and finite (8 weeks of classes, not one year)
  • No electronic devices such as tablets, phones, laptops, or computers.
  • No toys.
  • No video games.
  • No pets.
  • No gun training, paintball lessons, fencing, shooting, or weaponry of any kind.
  • No clothing wishes are fulfilled unless supported by experience or self-esteem context.

Protocol for change of wish

Any time a wish needs to be changed, a new application nulls and voids the previous submission. The referring source can withdraw a wish at any time. Wish fulfillment is first come, first served, and Little Wishes will make every attempt to fulfill them in a timely manner.  Some wishes may be fulfilled first if there is a seasonal deadline (for example, Cardinals games, Six Flags visit, etc.)


Please fill this form out completely to request a Little Wish. Be sure to click “Submit” when you are finished. Children currently in foster care, ages 5 and older, are eligible to receive one wish per year.

Submitting a request does NOT guarantee fulfillment of the request. Little Wishes are granted ONLY when donations are received from the community, generally within 30-45 days of the request. You will be notified once the funds are available and the request is able to be fulfilled.

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition does not make reimbursements to individuals. All checks will be made payable directly to the vendor.

By submitting this referral and providing your electronic signature, you indicate that you agree to the terms and conditions of the Little Wishes program.