The Church is the Answer to the Foster Care Crisis.
It’s the church caring for today’s orphans. It’s families showing children unconditional love and providing hope. It’s volunteers surrounding families with the support and care they need so they can keep doing this hard work. It’s uniting the Church in caring for the least of these. It’s changing a community one child at a time.
Care Community Model
We work closely with churches to create growing and sustainable foster care ministries based on a model called Care Communities. The church’s Care Community surrounds foster families and foster children in loving, stable environments.
The Care Community helps provide needed resources and acts as an extended family, providing respite services (overnight childcare), tutoring, babysitting, mentoring, transportation and other assistance, when needed. Everyone can do something.
Providing this kind of support encourages good, stable families to become foster families. Nationally, almost half of the foster families drop out every year because they are overwhelmed. The Care Community ensures that Fostering Joy families have the help they need when they need it. Following this model created by Live the Promise, states have seen a 96-percent foster family retention rate.
With this model, Fostering Joy and churches not only recruit and train foster families but also build a volunteer network surrounding and supporting each foster family. In addition, churches can band together as “affiliate churches” of Fostering Joy and take part in a movement in their community.