Birthday Presence for Foster Youth

Valley Non-Profit Gives Foster Youth Birthday Parties

 

WHAT THE?
Valley non-profit hosts birthday parties for kids in foster care.

THE DOWNLOAD
For many kids in foster care, having a birthday party is often overlooked. After working as a caseworker for Child Protective Services, Devon Rentas wanted to make a bigger impact. After attending her son's birthday party, she realized she didn't recall ever hearing about the birthday party of foster kids she once worked with. Shortly after, her nonprofit, called Birthday Presence, was born. "A birthday is just something that we all look forward to and celebrate... if you're not celebrated as an individual then I don't really know how you can feel important in the world and feel like you can make a change, or you can be somebody or are important," said Rentas. She says being celebrated on one's birthday is something that makes kids feel valued. To throw birthday parties, the organization works with businesses across the Valley to host the parties with foster youth. One of these businesses includes Girly Girlz in Scottsdale. Owner Melissa Fink wants to increase community engagement and Rentas reached out to her. She called it a perfect match. "I thought this is such a great concept. I loved what she was doing. I thought it was a great fit for what we try to do here," said Fink. Birthday Presence has been around for a year and continues to grow in popularity. Rentas hopes that more Valley businesses and families are willing to get involved. 


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