In the United States, there are currently more than 400,000 children living in foster care. Children's Bureau provides support and comfort to Indiana's children in foster care, foster families and young adults transitioning from foster care to independence. Today, Children's Bureau received a helping hand from mattress retailer Mattress Firm and the Ticket to Dream Foundation with a $75,000 donation.
Funds for the donation were raised during a Mattress Firm fundraiser benefiting the Ticket to Dream foundation, an organization that supports foster children nationwide. The event raised $1.2 million to fund therapeutic programs and emergency placement services that provide foster kids with mental health support and comfort during a difficult time.
"This support will be critical in assisting Children's Bureau as we work with our community partners to address the child welfare crisis in Indiana," said Tina Cloer, president and CEO of the agency. Funds will be used to provide needed items for kids awaiting foster care placement, young adults who have aged out of foster care, and to recruit new foster families.
"When a foster child enters foster care, it can be scary. They often leave home with just the clothes on their backs or a few items in a trash bag," said Mauri Knowles, Community Relations Director at Mattress Firm. "We can help make this transition so much easier, while also letting kids know that their community cares."
For more information about Children's Bureau and its efforts, please visit www.childrensbureau.org.
About Children's Bureau, Inc.
Children's Bureau services focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, preservation of families and placement for children who lack safe and healthy homes. Last year the agency served nearly 43,644 children in more than 40 Indiana counties.
About Mattress Firm Holding Corp.
With more than 3,600 company-operated and franchised stores across 49 states, Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: MFRM) has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. Founded in 1986, Houston-based MFRM is the nation's leading specialty bedding retailer with over $3.5 billion in pro forma sales in 2015. MFRM, through its brands including Mattress Firm, Sleepy's and Sleep Train, offers a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and other related products. More information is available at www.mattressfirm.com.
About Ticket to Dream Foundation
The Ticket to Dream Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to provide hope and opportunity to foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. Joining forces with local companies, communities and non-profits they work to ensure foster children have essentials like school supplies, properly fitting clothing and shoes and holiday gifts. They fund vital support services and enriching life experiences that allow foster children to heal and grow into their full potential. To learn more visit www.tickettodream.org.