2. Fostering Love Teams
There is an extreme shortage of foster families for the over 400,000 children in foster care. And about half of foster families stop fostering after a year because of the many challenges they face. However, when they are supported, many will continue to foster and provide a safe home for the children who so desperately need to know God’s love and protection.
One way to support foster families is through Fostering Love Teams. A team is a group of volunteers from the church who are assigned to a foster family to build a relationship with them and the children in their care by providing regular, practical support. Each care team looks different based on the needs of the family, but here are the many ways you could help:
- Provide a meal once per month
- Help regularly with childcare as an “alternate caregiver” (1-2x a month or less as needed by the family).
- Becoming a child mentor of a current child in foster care or a child that has been adopted (1-2x month).
- Be the Team Leader of a care team by overseeing the team and checking in regularly with a family.
- Helping with transportation of the children to appointments and visitation.