The Issue: Deaths Among Children from Drowning
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional-injury deaths among youth aged 1–17 in Washington, according to the Children’s Safety Network, with 85% of these deaths occurring in open water. A task force composed of water-safety experts, US Coast Guard representatives, police officers, and parents determined that along with safer water recreation sites and improved water surveillance, teaching children how to swim and imparting water-safety skills was vital in preventing future drownings.
The Campaign: Teaching Youth in Foster Care to Swim
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Sibling House can sponsor five foster youths in an eight-week swimming course at the YMCA. Each additional $100 raised will allow another youth in foster care to participate in the swimming lessons. Apart from teaching children a skill that could potentially save their lives, swimming lessons open a door to a new form of exercise and boost kids' confidence and self-esteem.
Sibling House’s network of homes works to help brothers and sisters continue living together in a safe, loving environment while they are separated from their birth parents. The state or a private agency places children into this network, which consists of approved, licensed foster homes that are willing to take siblings. Along with raising public awareness of foster care and supporting an environment of family unity, Sibling House assists foster parents by providing food, clothing, household furnishings, and donated vehicles, as well as knowledge and experience.
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