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What if I am not ready?

Not sure if you are ready to be a foster parent?

Perhaps you would like to take steps towards becoming a foster care parent in the future? 


Maybe becoming a foster care parent isn't right for you or your family, (or maybe it isnt the right thing right now) but you want to "do something"?

There are lots of ways to put your valuable abilities to work ; raising awareness and advocating on behalf of children and teens in foster care or waiting for a foster care family. There are also many ways to help meet the needs of children and teens in Mesa County that are "at-risk" or who need an advocate.


  • Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

  • Mentor a Child in Foster Care

  • Become a Respite Care Provider

  • Support Homeless Teens

  • Fundraise or Donate Supplies to Bear Necessities


As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, you’re empowered by the courts to advocate on behalf of a child in foster care. You don’t have to be a lawyer or social worker. The work done by CASAs involves gathering information from everyone in a child’s life, including parents, relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers, and others. This information will then be used to inform judges of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

Becoming a mentor or tutor for a child in foster care is a great way to make the difference of a lifetime for children in need of permanency. There are lots of different ways to mentor children of all ages. Contact Mesa County Partners.


There are an estimated 100 homeless teens in Mesa County in any given year The House is a safe shelter for teens on the Western Slope, providing them with a safe place where they can receive counseling, emotional support, and a chance to move towards self-sufficiency and stability. Volunteers  help with shelter operations and create transformational relationships with local homeless teens. Guardians are the men, women, community groups, faith communities and businesses that provide financial support.

Respite care workers provide parents and other caregivers with short-term child care services that offer temporary relief, improve family stability, and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect. Respite can be planned or offered during emergencies or times of crisis. Respite may be available to foster, kinship, adoptive, and birth families in need of support. Talk with a member of the Mesa County Foster Care Team to learn more.

Many children in foster care have very little to call their own. The Bear Necessities Closet is designed to help a child in this circumstance. Whatever you can give will go a long way, whether it’s a donation of money or supplies directly to Bear Necessities.



Other ways to help:


  • Volunteer at our community awareness events

  • Offer short-term child care during meetings and trainings

  • Post information about Foster Care of Mesa County in the community.

  • Share information about Foster Care of Mesa County on Facebook, blogs and other social media.

  • Mentor or tutor children

  • Donate and distribute donated items to agencie that help children in crisis/ in-need/ at-risk.

  • Offer administrative support to an agency that help kids and teens

Mesa County Dept. of Human Services

510 29 1/2 Road  Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001


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