Promises2Kids’ mission is to create a brighter future for foster children® in San Diego County. From the moment they come into foster care and through to adulthood, Promises2Kids provides the hope, support, and opportunities these individuals need to change their lives for the better… now and for years to come. Signature programs include Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars, Foster Funds, and the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Promises2Kids, originally founded in 1981 as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation. It all started with a simple wish – to ensure children are safe, happy and loved. Three remarkable local San Diegans (Norma Hirsh, Renée Comeau, and Robert K. Butterfield) took that dream and transformed it into an organization that has supported over 200,000 abused and neglected children in our community.
Over the years, Promises2Kids has been at the forefront of foster care related issues, leading efforts including building the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center (an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children) with the County of San Diego and many individual supporters, collaboratively building San Pasqual Academy, the creation of one centralized Child Abuse Hotline, training and coordinating first responders on responding to child abuse cases, reuniting siblings separated in foster care, providing education and career support for current and former foster youth, providing opportunities for foster youth to participate in extracurricular activities, and much more.
Promises2Kids was recently recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as Nonprofit of the Year. As a 100% philanthropy funded organization, their work is made possible thanks to the generosity and support of countless community members.
For more information on how you can make a difference in a foster child’s life, visit www.Promises2Kids.org.