Ambassadors for Children was founded in 1999, as a foster parent recruitment agency. At the time it was called Families for Children. Evolving with the needs of the community, the organization discovered a desire from foster families to be supported with resources.
Rising to meet this need for support, Ambassadors for Children started a program called the Kids’ Closet which provides brand new clothing, winter coats, gift cards for shoes, and more to children in foster care. These items were designed to supplement the limited income foster families receive from the state to care for children in their home.
The Kids’ Closet was stored in the basement of the Ronald McDonald house until the summer of 2012. By that time, the organization had grown to provide tutoring, hygiene items, Christmas gifts, extracurricular activities, and more for foster families.
In June of 2012, Ambassadors for Children moved into a 4,000 square foot building to house all of the programs under one roof, a one-stop resource center. Since moving into the office on Battlefield and Campbell, the number of children visiting the Kids’ Closet has doubled, we have expanded services to two additional counties, and all other programs continue to see tremendous growth. As we near our 8th consecutive overall service record for the year of 2015, thank you to the community for supporting us with resources and volunteers as we work together to provide needs foster children in Greene, Christian, and Taney Counties.