Every child belongs in a family, and we want to come alongside the process the Foster Care System has in place for making this a reality.
The Foster Care System provides temporary care while the Department of Children and Families works on a reunification plan with the child’s biological family. While those who work in this system do what they can with their resources, we have learned that there are not enough foster families to care for the children who need them. And while not everyone can open their home to foster children, every person could find a meaningful role in a Care Community.
To serve children within the Foster Care System, we are forming Care Communities around foster families. We learned that the percentage of foster families who continue fostering past their first year goes from 50% to more than 90% when surrounded by Care Communities. These are teams of people who provide emotional support and practical, tangible help as needed. The Team Leader helps coordinate a foster family’s needs, Family Helpers deliver meals or help with chores, and Child Mentors become another consistent adult in the lives of foster children as they develop supportive relationships.
If you are interested in getting involved in a Care Community, your first step is education. Plan on attending an upcoming Care Community Orientation to learn more about the Foster Care System, each role in a Care Community, and how to get involved! Care Community Orientations are not campus-specific; you’re welcome to attend any orientation that works with your schedule.
For some, the next step may be to to learn more about fostering, transitional fostering, or adoption. We encourage you to look through these trusted resources. We would love to offer support to any families interested in entering the process of becoming foster or adoptive parents. Let us know if your family is considering taking this step.
Have questions or don't see any upcoming orientation dates? Email Community Development Coordinator Elizabeth Cronlund