SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. – Utah businesses can now conveniently donate discounts or free services to foster families around the state through the new app, “Foster Friendly“.
Developed by the organization America’s Kids Belong, the app is being championed by Utah’s First Lady, Abby Cox.
Launched on May 25th during National Foster Care Awareness Month, Cox said, “We are here to honor the remarkable families who have answered the call to foster.” She continued, “Many people aren’t aware that there is often a personal family financial impact for bringing these sweet foster children into their homes, and Foster Friendly provides an opportunity for Utah’s businesses to show up in a big way for these special families. Not everyone can foster a child in need, but everyone can do something to support Utah’s most vulnerable children and those who love them.”
Salt Lake City’s Hogle Zoo became the first “Show UP Business Impact Partner” by offering a discount on the app. The zoo will be offering $49 annual family memberships to all foster, relative and foster-adoptive families in Utah. Additional businesses that have signed on to become impact partners include the Utah Warriors, Cross E Ranch, Paul Mitchell School, and the Malouf Foundation.
“Foster Friendly makes it simple for businesses to provide these loving families with the community support they need to continue to do their important work,” said Melissa Hart, director of Utah’s Kids Belong, the local chapter of America’s Kids Belong. “The app is geo-located, so it will help families find local discounts and supports where they live.”
The app can be downloaded for iOS and Android. Families who may be considering taking the leap to become foster parents are invited to contact Utah Foster Care for answers to questions and to help determine if becoming a foster family is the right fit for you. For mentoring opportunities and family support, Utahns can reach out to Raise the Future.