Gift bags are late this year as we can only have one packer, sorry for delay they will be sent out by the end of the month. Our youth safety is most important! FosterKidsUnite, Inc
Big thanks to Harmon Stores for their 2020 partnership!
Because of this connection with Good360, our foster youth are able to get beauty supplies and toiletries when needed.
“When you are in college you must often decide between maxi pads, soap, study group snack, a book not on the class list, food, (especially if you take the cheaper meal plan to use the money for summer classes), cell phone bill, (it’s our only line of communication for a job, internship, friends that help us, therapist), or laundry detergent” – O.M
As you can see from one of our college youth, this is why it is crucial that we reach out to stores and the community to make sure there is ample supply WHEN a youth is in need. Any official State worker that has youth in college aging or aged out and in need can arrange to pick up items at our Westchester location.
We will follow all COVID-19 guidelines.
Sara Amuso Quoma
Sara Amuso is currently working at IBM – International Business Machines. She has a BBA in from Pace University, Pleasantville, NY and holds an MBA from Colorado Technical University. Sara has volunteered more than half of her life – in Mount Kisco as president, secretary and EMT of the Mount Kisco Lions Volunteer Ambulance Corps; secretary and firefighter of the Union Hook & Ladder Company, No, 1, Inc.; and in Brewster at the Putnam Community Action Program (CAP) in their soup kitchen, food pantry and a part of their Poverty Simulator for members and officials in the community. Sara lives with her husband, rescue dog, Mollie; a guinea pig and three fish.
Donna Maddox is a Casa Volunteer in Oklahoma, Mother, Military wife, owner of Declutter Buddy, foster youth advocate, and former foster youth and current Board Member.
Tatiana is a full time student at the Oneonta State University. She’s currently earning her B.A. Degree in the field of Music and Entertainment Business. She is a singer/songwriter who has been volunteering with Foster Kids Unite for several years.
Stephanie Quoma is currently employed at Interactive Elements Inc. as an administrative assistant. Stephanie earned her masters degree in human resources. Stephanie was drawn to the organization after recently finishing college herself and knowing the difficulty and stress of college. Without the proper tools and support system Stephanie would never have been ever to get through it herself. Now she is happy to give back and hopefully take at least a bit of college stress off aged out foster youth.
Denise Smith-Fraser, Ed.D, is a retired social gerontologist and management consultant who now loves volunteering and stand-up comedy. A SAG-AFTRA member, she continues to do TV commercials.
Denise was the first director of the graduate gerontology program at the College of New Rochelle and later with her husband, Derrick, owner of Integrated Consulting, Ltd. A writer, she was a weekly columnist for the Gannett Journal News.
Denise received her doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She and Derrick have one daughter, Karen, and a grandcat, Joey.
Tanya Cooper’s life in foster care began at five due to her birth mother’s battle with addiction and neglect and would eventually end with her being separated from all but one of her siblings! Aging out of the foster care system at 18 with no family and place to go, Tanya signed herself back in until age 21!
While in care she survived being abused by two foster brothers.
She has over 12 years of experience working with youth as a clinician, and over 20 years as a youth counselor and teacher throughout various communities.
Graduating from New York University, with a B.A.S in Culture & Communications, she also received her CASAC-T through The National Council of Alcohol & Drug Dependence in White Plains, NY, where sat on the committee for five years.
Her book, “Surviving Foster Care & Making It Work For You“, is a self-help book giving foster kids tips on getting through the system.
“My goal is to change the attitude & face of kids in foster care, one kid at a time and teach them to go back and help others in care!”
Tanya is the Executive Director at FosterKidsUnite, Inc. which provides nontraditional services for aged out and foster youth in college or trade school, created to honor the memory of her birth brother who died at 41 of heart disease.
As featured local hero of the month in The Journal news
You can also read Tanya’s Blogspot of encouragement
Videos on You Tube for foster youth just entering care:
Tanya has received two proclamations and certificate of recognition from:
Mayor Michael Cindrich, Mount Kisco, NY
Sen. Greg Ball of (NY 19th District)
Sen. Terrance P. Murphy (NY 40th District)
Ml. Lyndon D. Williams (NY 13th District)