WHO WE SERVE
WE SERVE FRONTLINE FAMILIES WITH
CRITICAL TRAINING & AID
We focus on families that are on the frontlines caring for victimized children through fostering or adoption. They are the focus of our mission because they carry the daily challenges of caring and advocating for the children. Recognizing their vital role is imperative to meeting the need for more families to open their homes to at-risk children. Our mission is to FILL THE GAPS where standard state processes fail to prepare or support them. We will do this thru reality-based training and ongoing aid. And allow for BARRIERS TO BE REMOVED between waiting children and loving families.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
- Frederick Douglass
BY REMOVING UNNECESSARY BARRIERS WE CAN
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.
Answering the Call
10.18 Strategy exists with the sole objective of helping YOU ANSWER THE CALL to foster and/or adopt victimized children. We help you impact the lives of victimized children by teaching the critical components needed for care & advocacy. By teaching Biblically-based strategies, we help you confidently partner with the Father in the midst of injustice, to live out the simplicity of the gospel, and give a child the most priceless gift of all: LIFE-ALTERING LOVE...a love that holds arms wide open, with a heart exposed!
THRU OUR "FAMILIES FIRST PROGRAM" WE WILL
Coming in 2021!
Our Families First Program provides four crucial areas of service to families. By providing these services we PREPARE FAMILIES for the REALITIES that they will face while fostering and/or adopting children who have been abused. 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, SERVANT, and SAFETY while you are in the trenches, fighting, and caring for children on the frontlines!
Families who participate in our "Families First" program will receive the following ongoing services:
PERSONAL GUIDANCEOne of the common obstacles identified is the "disconnect" between child welfare professionals & families. Many agencies utilize staff for the recruitment of foster families. Though they have extensive knowledge of the child welfare system, most have never fostered a child. How can you effectively answer the hard questions if you have never fostered before?
An experienced foster parent's candid experiences bring reality & are relatable to families seeking information; this is what we do!
REALITY-BASED TRAININGThe collaboration of experienced foster families, child welfare professionals, & child abuse survivors create our course content. Providing families the most diverse, in-depth, & skilled training possible. So they have the reality-based skills needed to handle the practical, emotional, and spiritual demands of fostering or adoption. We fill the gaps where standardized state training fails to prepare families by teaching the most in-demand topics that frontline families need.
DEDICATED SUPPORT TEAMFostering or adoption is not a journey you can do well alone. We believe it is not morally right to recruit families into fostering or adoption without providing them aid throughout their journey. Frontline families are assigned dedicated support teams that help them become licensed, adequately prepared, and supported ongoing. Providing innovative solutions that practically meet the needs of families by making them our sole priority and mission.
COMMUNITY & RESOURCESAn organic relationship-based support community is a powerful resource and tool. We bring families together to mentor, support, and encourage one another. Accomplished through community-based platforms, purposeful actions, & innovative ideas that achieve positive outcomes for frontline families and children in their care. Through modern and convenient online-based resources, we simplify the challenges and increase understanding of each step a family makes during their journey.
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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