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Fostering Wishes For Children Application

Fostering Wishes For Children Online Application

Please follow all directions carefully and complete the online application in its entirety. The form will not submit unless all directions are followed and it is filled out completely. Proceed to Online Application!

(If you would prefer to print and mail in your application, please click here.)

All awards are contingent on availability of funds. No award will exceed $75 or one award per foster child per calendar year.

Eligibility Requirements: Wishes are granted to children who are in the custody of New Jersey Child Protection & Permanency (CP&P – formerly DYFS) and are the age of 21 or under.

Fostering Wishes for Children awards are distributed until released funding is expended. Approved awards will be mailed out ASAP. A minimum of 8 weeks is required to process the applications and checks. Be sure to include the child’s ID# from your board check to expedite processing. If your application is denied, you will receive notification by mail or phone. If you do not receive an award, please feel free to submit another application when funding is released again next year. The items listed below qualify for funding, so long as funding is available and the request is not being met through Flexible Funding, NJFC Scholars or other programs. FAFS’ Executive Committee will review applications submitted for activities/items not listed.

Qualifying Activities/Items for Fostering Wishes for Children:

  • Rental or purchase of equipment or supplies for special training/instruction, e.g., musical instruments, art supplies (unless cost is assumed by the school)
  • Specialized training or instruction based upon exceptional ability, skill or interest demonstrated by the child, e.g., music, art, computer science (unless the cost is assumed by the school)
  • Registration and/or uniform and equipment expenses for organized youth organizations such as Little League and other sports, Girl and Boy Scouts, 4H and other local recreational programs (unless funds are available through DCP&P), *Private, public and parochial school uniforms are NOT covered
  • Class trips, field trips (unless cost is assumed by the school)
  • Graduation/senior class expenses, e.g., yearbook, class ring, prom tickets**
  • School pictures, metal eyeglass frames or contact lenses not covered by Medicaid

*A DCP&P Special Clothing Check may be issued from the LO Bank Account for the purchase of “required uniforms when a child in placement belongs to an organized youth organization, such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League, etc.”

**Clothing expenses related to “specific clothing for a child in placement for religious or educational ceremonies that is not part of the child’s wardrobe” are available from DCP&P through special clothing checks. This is generally interpreted to include expenses related to a graduation outfit/caps and gowns.

Fostering Wishes For Children Online Application

Important: Required fields have an asterisk next to them. These fields must be completed in order for your request to be processed. Please enter telephone numbers and birthdates in the format indicated. Please follow all directions carefully. Only digitally signed and completed applications will be considered. FAFS’ Board of Directors releases a limited amount of funds each year for this program. Awards are made on a first come/first served basis.

If you would like to keep a copy of the information you have entered, once you reach the bottom of the form, please click the Print This Page button and THEN click the Submit button. (Note: Simply clicking Print This Page will not submit your application.) If you do not wish to keep a copy of your application, please click the Submit button only when you reach the end of the form. Once your application is submitted, you will be taken to a thank you page and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided.

If you have questions about how to fill out this form, please call 1.800.222.0047. If you prefer to complete and mail a paper application, please click here to download.

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