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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ ABOUT MAKING A DONATION

What kind of donations do you need?
For the Seventh Generation accepts financial donations, new and used items (in good condition), personal and professional services (dentistry, counseling, tutoring, etc), event tickets, and the donation of special venues to host celebrations and fundraisers.

How do I make a donation?
All donations can be made online – start by going to the How To Help page of this website

• Who will my donation help?

Your donation will help foster children who are wards of the Wayne County Circuit Court Juvenile Division and their families receive needed services and goods.

• Can I limit my donation to a specific foster child or family?

No. Although we give examples of needy children and families on our website, your donation will be assigned to the most appropriate child or family that we are currently serving. These determinations are done in coordination with the Department of Human Services.

• How will I be notified if my donation has been assigned to a foster child or family?
You will be contacted by For the Seventh Generation administration when your donation has been assigned. After that, the foster care worker for the child and/or family will be responsible for arranging the next step. You will be given a contact process for our office to let us know if you are having trouble.

Our office will also follow up with you to see that you were contacted and to find out how the assignment is working.

• Is my donation tax deductible?
The DMBA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization and therefore your donation may be deductible to the extent provided by law. You will receive a written acknowledgment of your donation from our office at the time the donation is made. For more information about the IRS rules governing charitable donations go to http://www.irs.gov/publications/p561/index.html

Do I need regular access to email to participate?
Unfortunately, no. This program is designed to be an online resource and requires email contact and Internet access to be effective.

Will my name be made public?
You will have the ability to decide whether you wish to have your name made public as a partner to the program. Under no circumstances will your name be made public in connection to the donation of services or goods that you are making.

I. Making a donation of goods and merchandise

Are there restrictions on donating used goods and merchandise?
Yes. All items must be either new or in very good used condition. If it is determined that it is unlikely that the item will be appropriate for or safely used by a foster child or family, the program reserves the right to refuse the contribution. Items may not be picked up until they have been assigned to a child or family. Restrictions may also be placed on items that are too costly or difficult to store or transport.

How will I get my used goods and merchandise to the program?
For the Seventh Generation will work with you to arrange transport and storage. Items may not be picked up until they have been assigned to a foster child or family. Restrictions may also be placed on items that are too costly or difficult to store or transport.

Who do I contact if there is a problem with the donation process?
Contact FTSG at (313) 436-5069 or email us at info.7thGen@gmail.com

How do I evaluate my donation for tax purposes?
Valuation should be made with the advice of a qualified tax professional in accordance with the requirements of the internal Revenue Service guidelines. For more information about the IRS rules governing charitable donations go to http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc506.html

II. Making a donation of services for an individual foster child

What kinds of services are needed to help individual children in the program?
For the Seventh Generation is open to a wide variety of services for the foster children we serve. We have children of all ages from toddlers to teens, and each of them have specific needs. If you are unsure if what you are offering is of use, please fill out our online form and we will contact you to discuss whether we have an immediate need or will need to wait for the right child to come along. Check our wish list to see what workers are currently asking for. If you think that a foster child or family might benefit from your donation, chances are someone out there will see the same thing and be grateful you decided to volunteer. Remember, the foster care worker will contact you before any final decisions are made and the two of you will decide if this is the right fit for this child or family.

How long a commitment is required to donate a service?
One child, one service, one year! A child in foster care has lived a life of temporary relationships and unfulfilled promises. Your willingness to work with this child for one year, gives the time and attention necessary for a bond to be created and trust to be developed.

How will I be connected with the child who is receiving my service donation?
You will be contacted by the foster care worker in charge of the case. All arrangements will be made through that worker and they will be the ones determining whether this foster child or family are appropriate for the service that is being donated. FTSG will also be contacting you periodically to check in and see how the service assignment is going. You are always able to let us know if there is a problem.

What happens if there is a problem with the service arrangement?
Initially, we hope that you will be able to work out issues with the assigned worker for the child. However, in the event that this is not successful, we ask that you contact FTSG immediately and we will work with you and the worker to resolve any difficulties you are experiencing. Our goal is to ensure that you have a positive and fulfilling experience with the foster child or family that you are helping.

Who do I contact if there is a problem with the donation process?
Contact FTSG at (313) 436-5069 or email us at info.7thGen@gmail.com

Do I require any special insurance to donate a service to a foster child?
You will be required to have insurance coverage that is a reasonable standard of practice for the service you are donating. I.e. doctors will need malpractice coverage; event venues will need liability insurance. FTSG does not offer nor provide any additional coverage. You may be asked to sign a waiver of liability at the time that you enter into a service arrangement with a child or family and in some instances; you may be required to show proof of insurance. The Foster Care worker approves all service arrangements and will ask for whatever is required by their agency to complete the service agreement.

• How do I evaluate my donation for tax purposes?
Valuation should be made with the advice of a qualified tax professional in accordance with the requirements of the internal Revenue Service guidelines. For more information about the IRS rules governing charitable donations go to http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc506.html

III. Making a donation of event tickets and programs for groups of foster care children

What kinds of group events or programs are needed to help children in the program?
Any programs or events that are suitable for children in a specific age bracket are encouraged. Restaurants, sports venues and other child-oriented programs can be used for celebration parties and reward activities. Size, venue, and activities are all negotiable.

How will a group event be organized through the Program?
Group events will be coordinated directly through the FTSG administration in cooperation with the Department of Social Services and other Child Care providers.

Who do I contact if there is a problem with the donation process?
Contact FTSG at (313) 436-5069 or email us at info.7thGen@gmail.com

How do I evaluate my group event or program donation for tax purposes?
Valuation should be made with the advice of a qualified tax professional in accordance with the requirements of the internal Revenue Service guidelines.

IV. Making a service donation to a foster family

What kinds of services are needed to assist families in the program?
Family services are often focused on the physical help needed to create a safe, functional, and reasonable home environment. Home repair and maintenance, furniture and household support are often the difference between a family being reunited or not. There may also be instances where vocational support and medical treatment are important to a family’s long-term health and suitability.

How long a commitment is required to donate a service?
This depends on the nature of the service and the needs of the foster family. In no circumstances do we expect  the commitment to exceed one year or one family.

How will I be connected with the foster family who is receiving my service donation?
You will be contacted by the foster care worker in charge of the case. All arrangements will be made through that worker and they will determine whether this child or family are appropriate for  the service that is being donated. FTSG will also be contacting you periodically to check in and see how the service assignment is going. You are always able to let us know if there is a problem.

What happens if there is a problem with the service arrangement?
Initially, we hope that you will be able to work out issues with the assigned worker for the child. However, in the event that this is not successful, we ask that you contact FTSG immediately and we will work with you and the worker to resolve any difficulties you are experiencing. Our goal is to ensure that you have a positive and fulfilling experience with the foster child or family that you are helping.

Who do I contact if there is a problem with the donation process?
Contact FTSG at (313) 436-5069 or email us at info.7thGen@gmail.com

Do I require any special insurance to donate a service to a family?
You will be required to have insurance coverage that is a reasonable standard of practice for the service you are donating. I.e. doctors will need malpractice coverage; event venues will need liability insurance. FTSG does not offer nor provide any additional coverage. You may be asked to sign a waiver of liability at the time that you enter into a service arrangement a foster family and in some instances you may be required to show proof of insurance.

How do I evaluate my donation for tax purposes?
In most instances, service donations are not tax deductible. To determine whether your donation might qualify, consult a tax professional about the requirements of the internal Revenue Service guidelines. For more information about the IRS rules governing charitable donations go to http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc506.html

FAQ ABOUT REQUESTING SERVICES FOR A foster CHILD

What children and families are served by the program?
Services will only be provided to children who are currently court adjudicated wards under the jurisdiction of the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court, Family Division – Juvenile. Case information, names of the child(ren) P-numbers and caseload numbers will be required where applicable.

Who is authorized to request services for a foster child or family?
The individual requesting services must be one of the following:

    • A Department of Human Services Caseworker or Supervisor
    • A Representative of a Child Services Foster Care Agency or Residential facility under contract to the Department of Human Services to provide foster care services
    • An Attorney Representing a Child or Family in a matter currently before the 3rd Circuit, Family Division – Juvenile Court
    • A Judge or Referee of the 3rd Circuit, Family Division – Juvenile Court

I am a juvenile justice professional, how do I become authorized to request services for a client?
Go to the Request Services for a Child page and complete the form required to set up a For The Seventh Generation password and account.

What is the process for requesting a service that has been donated already and is listed on the website?
Go to the Request Services for a Child page and complete the form required to set up a For The Seventh Generation password and account. '

What is the process for requesting a service that has not been donated and is not listed on the website?
Log in to your account and complete the form that appears describing the requested services. The FTSG administration will begin the process of identifying a service or goods provider to answer that request. You will be notified that we have received your request and also when we have found the requested item or service.

Once the request form has been completed, how long will it take to receive an answer?
You will receive immediate notification that your request has been received. If the item or service is already on our donated list, you will get the referral within 5 working days. If the request involves a group event, the referral may take up to a month to arrange. If the item or service is not currently available, FTSG will make every best effort to locate a donor, but cannot guarantee success within a given period.

How will I be contacted if my request has been authorized?
All contact from the FTSG administration will be electronic unless special circumstances require phone communication.

How do I get a donation included in the Success Story portion of the website?
Write a brief (no more than 250 words) description of your success story and send it to us at info.7thGen@gmail.com. Remember, we will need clearance from the donor to include any identifying information about their involvement. If you want to include a photo, we will need to make sure that we have permission from everyone in the picture to it.

Who do I contact if there is a problem with the donation process?
Contact FTSG at (313) 436-5069 or email us at info.7thGen@gmail.com.

For The Seventh Generation, P.O. Box 1739, Taylor, MI 48180 | Phone: (313) 436-5069 | Email: info.7thgen@gmail.com