MaryAnne's Kids Fund
MaryAnne’s Kids is a special fund established to provide opportunities for children in foster care that would otherwise be unavailable to them, as they are not typically paid for through the State foster care system. By providing these children the means to pursue special interests in music, dance, art, sports, summer camps and extra-curricular education, we hope to offer a positive influence that will remain with them throughout their lives.
The MAK Fund is administered by the nonprofit Center for Human Development (CHD), furthering its mission of supporting children and adults alike with respect and dignity.
MaryAnne’s Kids was established in 2000 in memory of MaryAnne Sadak-Eklof, who cared for many foster children before passing away just before Christmas in 1999 at the age of 46. The MaryAnne's Kids Fund (MAK) was created in 2000 in her memory by her sister Eva Santaniello, who threw her heart into MAK until her own untimely death in 2007. Still, the fund lives on through the many people touched by MaryAnne and Eva, the staff of CHD and the foster children themselves. MaryAnne's Kids is administered through CHD's Children and Families programs.
How Your Contribution Helps
A common misperception exists that foster children are different from other children. This could not be further from the truth. Foster children are just that—children. They participate in the same activities as other children. They go to school, play sports, have hobbies and join clubs. MaryAnne's Kids uses the funds it raises to make sure foster children have access to these childhood experiences, and so much more.
Some of the many things that MaryAnne's Kids Fund has provided to foster children over the years include:
- Driver's education courses
- Formal attire for proms and graduations
- Clothes for a family funeral
- Fees and uniforms to join sports teams
- GED courses
- Children & teen workshops
- Basketball camp and equipment
- Reliable transportation for a teen mother,working and living independently
- A specialized bicycle for a young child suffering from partial paralysis
- Birthday wishes (concerts, makeovers, pedicures, manicures)
- School trips
- And much, much more!