JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options)
JAFCO provides an entire continuum of programs and services for at-risk children and their families, including family preservation services, foster care (group and private home placement), therapeutic programs and a 24-hour emergency shelter for abused or neglected children.
Volunteers are encouraged to call and attend a volunteer tour of JAFCO’s large campus in Sunrise.
Areas of greatest need include:
“Forever Friends” Mentoring Program
Mentors meet at least twice a month with a child. The mentor spends time talking and doing activities with the child, serving as an adult role model-a friend, teacher, and guide. Adults over age 18 are welcome.
Volunteers can help at the Marsh Children’s Center, either working directly with children or helping with “household” tasks.
JAFCO has a strong auxiliary organization, with 14 chapters throughout the three counties. Volunteers assist in fund-raising activities and in community education about the issue of child abuse.
Professionals are needed who are willing to offer pro-bono medical, dental, legal, tutoring, therapy or other services to JAFCO’s children.
All volunteers must be 18 years old and complete a background check to volunteer with children.