Our Strategy

Our Strategy

 

If every church raises up and supports at least one foster family, there will then be more than enough families prepared to meet the ongoing need for available foster homes.

 

Be The Voice

Become an Advocate for Foster Care at your Church


As a volunteer leader, you'll learn how to bring AWARENESS and ACTION to the foster care crisis.

Learn more about how you can engage by attending a Live The Promise Church Advocate Clinic.

NEXT! August 25-26, 2017, Catholic Church of Saint Monica, Duluth, GA

Cyclical Crisis

Foster care statistics are tragic. One recent report noted that in the United States, over 60% of children and adults tied into sex-trafficking came out of the foster care system. Multiple states have prison populations where over half of the male population was once in foster care. Sadly, over half of girls who age out of foster care are pregnant within two years, and the cycle repeats itself into the next generation where children of former foster care children come into foster care. Foster children need more than simply a roof over their heads. They need love, nurturing, accountability and hope. There simply are not enough foster families to do this. The significant deficit of foster homes means children are often moved far away from their community and schools to other parts of the state, siblings are split up, and at times, children sleep in extended stay hotels.

Sustainable Solution

Churches working together will be the solution. Live The Promise is a promising plan for foster care, equipping churches to flood the foster care system with well-trained and well-supported foster families. In the United States, there are 300,000 churches and 400,000 children in foster care. If every church raises up and supports one foster family then there will be more than enough families for children and specifically, sibling groups, to have loving families.

Live The Promise dramatically increases the total number of foster families through three approaches. First, sustained and customized church awareness campaigns breed new foster families. Second, an engineered care community surrounding foster families keeps approved families fostering longer. Third, volunteers, who serve foster families, gradually increase their commitment until many become foster families themselves. All this occurs within the context of churches, where both accountability and encouragement sustain.

We know churches want to engage. They simply need a strong vehicle. Live The Promise is a simple, high quality, scalable, and sustainable model, a promising plan for foster care. The solution includes keeping kids close to home whenever advisable and a family-centric approach aiming for permanency and reunification.

Virtuous Cycles

Everyone has a role to play. Most people just need a simple place to start and an increasing commitment will follow. With time, many volunteers discover a desire to respite or even foster.

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VOLUNTEER

Volunteers - Family Helpers and Child Mentors - become extended family to a foster family. Volunteers are part of a Care Community of support to a foster family, providing practical support such as meals, laundry, housecleaning, yard work, transportation, childcare, tutoring, mentoring, etc…

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RESPITE

Interim Caregivers give foster families the extended break they need to remain healthy in their marriage and overall life. These helpers, through a special approval process, are like aunts and uncles to foster children, keeping the children for a long weekend or even up to a few weeks. Further, Interim Caregivers are “on deck” foster parents, qualified to step into a more committed role if they choose.

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FOSTER

Foster parents give grace, love and stability for sometimes weeks, often months, and occasionally years. Bill Moyers once wrote, “Faith based charity provides crumbs from the table. Faith based justice offers a place at the table.” Foster parents offer children a place at their table, in their home and in their hearts.

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