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4Montgomery’s Kids enriches the lives of abused and neglected children and youth in Montgomery County’s child welfare system by providing them with opportunities and services they would not otherwise receive.

ABOUT US

4Montgomery’s Kids provides critical support and enrichment for some of the most vulnerable children in Montgomery County, Maryland, where on any given day more than 400 children are living in foster care. They were removed from their biological families because of physical or sexual abuse or chronic neglect. Another 100 or so at-risk children remain with their families but are being carefully monitored by county social workers.

Our services range from something as simple as buying a gift card for a birthday celebration, to sending a child to summer camp, to paying rent to prevent a young adult from becoming homeless when aging out of Child Welfare, to subsidizing transportation to get to a job — all things that Montgomery County cannot normally fund.   

Thanks to the generous contributions of our supporters, 4Montgomery’s Kids responds to requests made to us from county social workers, who know the needs of each child and young person in their caseload. This collaborative relationship with the county’s social workers is at the heart of 4Montgomery’s Kids. 

The support that 4Montgomery’s Kids provides has played an important role in helping children and young people succeed. We’ve helped children and youth of all ages, enabling them to do better in school, participate in new activities, and reach goals like learning trades or attending college. But as proud as we are about where our “kids” go when they leave us, our goal is not about where they end up. It is about giving these kids a little bit of normalcy they otherwise might not get. 

To learn more about our work in service to children and youth in Montgomery County, please click here.   

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Our Kids' Stories These good news stories are only possible because of our supporters. Thank you so much!

Equipping for a Toddler’s Future  
L is a medically fragile toddler. The pandemic has made it impossible for L’s foster parents to continue her occupational therapy. 4Montgomery’s Kids donors provided the set of play blocks and other tools recommended by her therapist so L could stay busy and continue therapy at home, as well as a dresser for her clothing.

Giving a Gift of Independence
E is a young child with mental disabilities who cannot speak clearly or make herself understood. If separated from her family, she can’t tell anyone where she lives, her phone number, or other identifying information. Thanks to our contributors, 4Montgomery’s Kids has provided her a special medical identification that has given the foster family confidence to give the child more independent experiences while still protecting her safety.

Providing a Critical Outlet
C. is a pre-teen boy with autism who thrives on daily routines. Since the pandemic, though, C. has not been able to go to school or participate in his regular after-school activities. He was having difficulty adjusting — becoming easily agitated, starting arguments, and even destroying things. Contributions to 4Montgomery’s Kids have helped to turn this challenging situation around—in the form of a new bicycle! Riding the bike has become a daily activity, helps him get exercise, and is a way for him to release energy when he is upset.

Fulfilling a Young Girl’s Dream to Drive
Prior to coming to the U.S., M. was severely injured in an earthquake. She lost a leg. Her father brought her to Montgomery County, but soon he ran into trouble and she was placed in foster care. Many years later, the now-teenager’s dream was to be able to drive a car like her friends. With the help of generous contributions from our donors, 4Montgomery’s Kids bought her a special accelerator pedal to use with her prosthetic leg. Now, drive she does!

Staying Connected to High School
R is a high school student who recently moved from one foster care placement to another. Then came the pandemic—and with it, online learning. 4Montgomery’s Kids purchased a tablet for him so R could attend his new school virtually and get to know his new classmates. With the help of his foster parents, R also is using the tablet for tutoring in Spanish.

A First Apartment
D is a young man moving from a group home to his own apartment—a critical step to provide stability as he looks for employment—and needed money for the deposit so the apartment would be held for him. 4Montgomery’s Kids was able to quickly provide deposit funds. Thanks to the support of our donors, the apartment is now his!

Helping a Young Man Move from Foster Care
F is a young adult is in the process of exiting the foster care system. He is now between a foster home and a group home. The next step is independence! Donors’ support allowed 4Montgomery’s Kids to buy him a Chromebook ‘bundle’ and gave him additional funds to help support the transition. F is hoping to attend Montgomery College in the fall and plans to use the Chromebook for his course work.

Repairing a Family
M is a mother of three young children who were living in a foster home. She was working very hard to reunify the family. Then M’s car transmission broke down. She was stranded without a way to get to her job. She was able to borrow some money, but not enough. Through donors’ contributions, 4Montgomery’s Kids paid for the balance of the repair. As a result, M returned to work, and several months later the children returned home to live with her.

Supporting Success
N was aging out of foster care and with tuition assistance from 4Montgomery’s Kids donors was able to attend cosmetology school. N graduated, got a great job in a salon, and moved into her own apartment. But when the pandemic hit, N’s salon closed and she was laid off. The support of our donors enabled 4Montgomery’s Kids to pay her rent so she could stay in the apartment.

Graduating in Style
A is a foster teen who was set to graduate from high school when commencement was cancelled because of the pandemic. The ceremony was rescheduled at the last minute as a virtual event, and seniors were encouraged to “attend” in cap and gown. 4 Montgomery’s Kids rented the graduation package and A proudly “received” his diploma—exactly like the rest of his classmates.

Encouraging Higher Education 
Six high-performing high school seniors in foster care are receiving 4MontgomeryKids scholarships to support them as they move on to higher education in the fall. Two are going to study nursing, one is going to study early childhood, and the three others are still considering what to study. One of these graduates also received a scholarship from his college; another is overcoming a developmental disability to attend.

CONTACT INFORMATION

4Montgomery’s Kids
10421 Motor City Drive
PO Box 34864
Bethesda MD, 20817
info@4montgomeryskids.org

What your Money Supports

  • Tuition for summer camp
  • Computers and books for college
  • Transportation for youth to attend college classes
  • Recreational activities including dance and art classes and football camp
  • Specialized classes in areas such as nursing, home care and cosmetology
  • Gas cards for parents to visit their children in foster care
  • Security deposits and furniture for youth ageing out of foster care
  • …and more!

How Can I Get Involved?

  1. House parties – help us increase our donor base by inviting your friends to a gathering to learn more about 4Montgomery’s Kids.
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