WHO WE SERVE
We empower families for child-centered advocacy amid fostering and adoption challenges.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
- Frederick Douglass
How We Empower Families
We enable more families to enter & remain in the fostering/adoption process; by filling the most crucial gaps where standard state processes fail to prepare or produce competent advocates. We do this by guiding the family through the systems’ challenges from the moment they express interest throughout their first two years. Providing them the ability to competently advocate and apply their training in the context of their specific circumstances.
We provide more positive outcomes by properly preparing families in the realities they will face through experienced-based trainers, practical tools, and emotional preparation. We provide families with the most diverse and realistic training possible through our proprietary training developed from over 400 hours of collaboration with experienced frontline families, child welfare professionals, and victims of severe childhood abuse.
We unite faith, family, and fostering to meet the needs of families desperately seeking guidance on applying their calling to serve victimized children. First, we acknowledge that the evidence-based data reveals the Christian community is the most significant respondent to fostering recruitment nationwide. We enable those families in effective advocacy by uniting Biblically-based strategies, purposeful prayer, and practical wisdom.
Frontline families are the “cog in the wheel” that makes the fostering or adoption process work. These courageous caregivers allow for more at-risk children to be rescued from their abusive situations. The solution for victimized kids is strong, loving families. Research confirms the POWER OF A FAMILY in a child’s life. Nothing can replace the power of a family unit! Even for a short time, a loving family can change the trajectory of a child's life! Despite the importance of these frontline families, they are the most overlooked in the service of children. By empowering these courageous caregivers with guidance, real-world training, and faith-filled strategy, we can help them navigate the system's brokenness and become competent child-centered advocates.
Answering the Call
We are here to help YOU ANSWER THE CALL to foster or adopt victimized children. This can often feel overwhelming, mixed with a wide range of emotions. Take comfort, we have once been where you are. We know the questions and anxiousness you feel. Fostering is NOT for everyone. There should be no form of pressure or guilt in making this decision. We are here to help you obtain information, dialogue about your family, and assist you in making a peace-filled decision that creates positive outcomes for your family. If fostering becomes your journey, we are here to help you confidently partner with the Father, to give a child the most priceless gift of all,
LIFE-ALTERING LOVE...a love that holds arms wide open, with a heart exposed!
By removing barriers between loving families and waiting children we can provide BETTER OUTCOMES for victimized children. Many potential families experience conflicting or confusing information when trying to learn about fostering or adoption. Inefficiencies from states and agencies result in poor follow up. What's even more disturbing is that states are losing over 50% of new foster families in their first year, due to a lack of preparation and support. These BARRIERS ARE UNNECESSARY and we are passionate about removing them! We have identified the top six barriers thru evidence-based research and national-based surveys. We have built our Family First Program to address each of them in very strategic and purposeful ways.
Our Family First Program will be made available to families beginning January of 2022.
Our Families First Program provides crucial services to empower families amid the challenges of engaging in fostering and/or adopting thru the state. These services will work with and in addition to current state processes. These services are purposefully built to FILL THE GAPS in the most common areas where families are left confused, unprepared, or overwhelmed. We are your family's advocate, anchor, and advisor while you serve children in the trenches.
THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About Fostering or Adoption
How Can I Become a Foster Parent?
Can I Adopt from Foster Care
Yes, adopting from foster care is possible. Many choose to foster and also have the desire to adopt. As we approach this subject, we must first remember three crucial factors about adoption.
How Will Fostering or Adoption Effect My Biological Children?
Be in Unity. Unity is the most critical aspect of fostering or adoption because it is not something you do by yourself. It will affect every member of the household, and it needs to be a family decision. We encourage incorporating your children into the discussion, starting around the age of six or age-appropriate for your specific child.
Create Boundaries. Boundaries provide assurance and safety to your children that you will protect them; this is very important! We cannot sacrifice our families on the altar of good intentions. Establishing predefined boundaries as a family before fostering or adopting helps the family stay in unity and reduce chaos. One of our favorites is that "we will not take the placement of a child unless everyone in the family agrees."
Teach as You Go. Many of the things that come up while engaging the brokeness of others are complicated. It can be challenging for your children to comprehend, mostly all at once. Creating a teaching culture that addresses things as they come up is vital to children feeling safe. It also reduces confusion and creates an open dialogue for your child to express anything that may concern them.
Don't Make Promises. We cannot guarantee any outcomes in fostering or even adoption. It would be best to communicate with your children multiple times; "we don't know what will happen." Even if the case looks like it is going a particular direction, don't make any promises! We often say, "we will let you know on adoption day"!
Give Visuals. Visuals are potent reminders of our words, and this is especially useful for homes with younger children. We recommend using picture boards to explain the differences between "forever family" and "children we love."
What are the Costs Involved with Fostering or Adopting from Foster Care?
About the Family First Program
Why Do I Need the Family First Program if I Want to Foster and/or Adopt?
BECAUSE WE HAVE LIVED IT! No theories here! The entire Family First program was designed based on evidence-based research, national surveys, and seasoned foster families' experiences.
Topics were chosen based on a national survey of experienced foster parents and what they felt their state standardized training lacked in preparing them for the realities of fostering or adoption.
Real-life stories and case studies from multiple families and individuals to bring diverse perspectives
Practical and effective ways to work with the system, not against it for positive outcomes for children
A strategic approach to trauma mindfulness and how to handle difficult situations and people
Tips and tools on how to walk through the emotional ups and downs of fostering, by experienced frontline families, who speak candidly and from experience.
A biblically-based perspective that focuses on merging the spiritual and practical responses to injustice