BLOOMINGTON, IL

Helping you support the foster care community.

Meet Our Team

Aaron & Shannon Spaid | TFI Advocates
bloomington.il@theforgotteninitiative.org

Kelly Schwamberger | First Response Coordinator
tfi.firstresponse@gmail.com

Katy Klokkenga | LIGHT Coordinator
light.blm.il@theforgotteninitiative.org

Pam Shepard | Families Serving Families fsf.blm.il@theforgotteninitiative.org

Allison Yuhasz | Appreciation Coordinator
tfi.appreciation@gmail.com

Lynn Halcomb | Volunteer Coordinator
tfivolunteercoordinator@gmail.com

We Serve:

Agencies & Foster Families of

  • DCFS – Bloomington
  • CYFS – Bloomington
  • The Baby Fold – Bloomington/Normal
  • McLean County Children’s Advocacy Center
  • McLean County CASA

Counties

  • McLean County
  • Livingston County
  • Dewitt County

Our Church Partners

Because of these Church Partners, we are able to help more people support the foster care community!

  • College Park Christian Church
  • Compass Church
  • Eastview Christian Church
  • First Assembly of God
  • Pontiac Bible Church
  • Vale Church

If you are interested in becoming a Church Partner, contact us!

Give a Gift

We depend on generous donors like you! 100% of your donation stays local so that we can continue helping to support the foster care community through awareness, encouragement, and advocacy!

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Thank you for your generosity!

Request Forms

If you are an agency worker or foster parent, these are helpful links for you!

  • Agency Request Form – Link
  • Foster Parent Request Form – Link

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Ways to Serve

First Response Program : This programs meets the need for beds, bedding, dressers, car seats, and more.  This is a great way to work with your small group, family, or other TFI volunteers to meet needs of families and children in our community.  Our delivery teams share the best stories ~ like watching a child go from sleeping on the floor to jumping on their new bed being a joy that you will not soon forget.

Contact : Kelly @  TFI.firstresponse@gmail.com for more information

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Families Serving Families:  Join the fun as we encourage local foster families through our fun foster parent night out events, coffee breaks, spring break packs, pool parties, play dates, delivering a meal, and more.

Contact : Pam @  FSF.BLM.IL@theforgotteninitiative.org

LIGHT ~ Living In God’s Hope Together:  Does your small group have room for one more family?  This is an amazing opportunity to walk along side a family in our community as they regain custody of their children or are working to keep custody of their children.   What has been meaningful in your walk?  How can you share that with others?   If your small group is looking for a different way to serve while making a big impact then reach out to learn more!

Contact : Katy @  LIGHT.BLM.IL@theforgotteninitiative.org

Agency Appreciation:  Do you love to make crafts, bake treats, plan fun appreciation lunches, spend time on Pinterest, and have a talent in hospitality. This is the place for you!

Contact : Allison @  TFI.appreciation@gmail.com

Project Sunshine/Project Renovate: If you like to transform spaces and help with handyman repairs then reach out today.  Project Sunshine turn old Agency rooms into fun fresh space for them to enjoy.  It is amazing what some paint and updates decorations can do!   Project Renovates help to meet the needs for foster and vulnerable families in need of minor repairs.  From power washing siding to patching dry wall this is a great way to use your “fixer upper” talents.

Contact : Lynn @ TFIvolunteercoordinator@gmail.com

 

Fill a Need

The Forgotten Initiative provides the following resources:

  • Journey Bags : Often children come into care with little to no possessions of their own.  Journey Bags provide clothes, comfort items, hygiene products, and more!  This also allows Caseworkers and Foster parents to focus on the child and not on “things” as they are transitioning into care.  To fill a Journey Bag please request a bag tag.
  • Caseworker Car Kits : Foster Children can spend a lot of time in a vehicle as they travel to appointments and visits with family.  Car kits provide items to help care for the children and provide some fun!  Request more information on filling a caseworker car kit.
  • Safety and Cleaning Items :  These items help keeps families safe! There are times that families need simple items like a baby gate or cleaning supplies to help care for their family.  These are great items to collect at school, as a team, or at work.  Let us help you coordinate a drive or put together a Safety/Cleaning basket.
  • Gift Cards :  TFI provides agencies with $5-20 dollar gift cards to places like Walmart and fast food restaurants.  We also provide them to foster kiddos who may need a special outfit, sports equipment, or other need.  This is a fun way for families and businesses to give back too! Set out a coin jar, run a lemonade stand, or have a car wash.  The opportunities to collect money to purchase gift cards is endless.
  • Bedding/Pillows: We are always in need of twin bedding sets for our first response program.  This will provide new bedding and pillows to kids as they transition into care or to a local intact family in need.
  • Appreciation Items: We are in need of items to show appreciation for a job well done.  From home made treats to fun craft items too…these items are given to case workers and foster parents to remind them that we appreciate them!
  • Find out more!  There are always request for resources like diapers, wipes, house hold items, teen care items, and more.  Reach out to find out how you can help.

Events

The Forgotten Initiative offers several events through out the year.

  • Spring Break Packs : Totes full of food and fun for foster families to enjoy over spring break.
  • Foster Parent Night Out : The kids get to play while the parents get away!
  • Foster Parent Coffee Breaks. If you are a foster or adoptive parent reach out for more information.
  • Summer Play Days!  Foster families meet at local parks to let the kids play why they spend some time together.
  • Foster Family Back to School Bash! This pool party is to celebrate foster families and the beginning of a new school year.
  • November Night At The Movies.  Join fellow foster parents for a free night at the movie!
  • Christmas party!  Foster parents enjoy a nice evening of food and entertainment while the children have a blast in the kid zone.

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FAQs

Where are you located?

Because we are a volunteer-based ministry, we do not have a physical office location.

How are you funded?

By generous donors like you! 100% of your donation stays local so that we can continue helping to support the foster care community! Join us by giving a gift today!

Is TFI faith-based?

Yes! You can read our statement of faith here. We want to see people everywhere supporting the foster care community and experiencing Jesus together!

Is TFI a foster care agency?

No. We love our local agencies, and we support them in all that we do through awareness, encouragement, and advocacy.  If you want to find out more about becoming a foster parent please email us.

Is TFI unique to our area?

Our local ministry is part of a national organization, which has advocates all across the nation! Check out all of our locations here.

Your Advocates

Aaron & Shannon Spaid
bloomington.il@theforgotteninitiative.org
Shannon: (309) 275-6028

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Who We Support

Foster Parents

Agency Workers

Vulnerable Adults

Children