Families whose children are in foster care need time, resources, and help with their kids while they work toward making the changes needed for their children to return home. Excitingly, more than 70 percent of children who enter foster care will get to return to a member of their original family.
One of the ways we as a church can meet the needs of hurting families in our local community is by helping families foster children within their own counties. As of April 2018, 147 children in foster care were removed from homes within 10 miles of our church, but only 22 of them were placed in foster homes in our area.
But fostering isn’t a one-family job. A foster family and the children in their care need stable, consistent relationships with a respite family and supporting mentors.
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We need supporting mentors who:
- Are committed to sticking with a placement until its natural ending
- Have margin and flexibility
- Are comfortable building relationships with children of all ages
We need respite families who are:
- Committed to the respite role
- Open to teens
- Open to sibling groups
We need foster families who are open to:
- School-aged sibling groups of two or more
- Children and students with special needs
- Children and students who are medically fragile
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