2018 in Review Part 2
Dec 30, 2018 by fosteringhope
We are continuing our look back at the many blessings of 2018. Our vision is that every child in foster care has a family to care for them. To achieve this, we need to increase the number of foster and adoptive families while decreasing the turnover rate. Our model seeks to effectively address both categories.
Let’s talk support. We know the turnover rate among foster families is 30-50%. A majority (in the 50s) of new families only last a year or a placement. 30-35% of families at any given point in time often or very often think about quitting! Because of the unique stressors that are part of this journey, innovate support is crucial.
Our Support One model addresses the need for personal supports for foster and adoptive families. Support One teams are individuals and/or families who wrap around foster and some adoptive families to provide proactive, consistent, and accountable encouragement and support. We are currently prototyping about 20 teams with great success.
Support One also provides tangible opportunities for others to serve children in foster care while fostering authentic community within churches. We are excited to see this model expand to more families and churches in 2019.
Our Trauma-Informed Care initiative addresses the need for high-level training for foster/adoptive families and others who serve children from hard places such as abuse, loss, and neglect. In 2019, we had the privilege of training 384 church ministry leaders/volunteers, foster/adoptive families, and professionals in an evidenced-based, trauma-informed intervention. We have been encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive impact reported by participants, as well as the demand for more training opportunities. We are working on expanding our capacity to make this training accessible to more families and churches.
We believe these two initiatives (SupportONE and Trauma Training) will help “plug the attrition leak” and, as a result, move us closer to our vision of every child in foster care having a family to care for them!
God is moving in some significant ways! In our next update, we will share how the Christian community is building bridges with our neighbors in the foster care community through service projects and acts of love.