Launch your Springs of Love
Parish Ministry

Find out how your parish can create a Springs of Love foster & adoption support ministry! Serve all who have been touched by fostering and adoption in your parish: foster, kinship, and adoptive families, as well as adoptees and birth families. 

Springs of Love is a national Catholic ministry that encourages, educates and equips Catholics to discern and live out the call to foster and adopt, while creating communities of support to help cultivate a culture of foster care and adoption in our parishes. 

3-Part Parish Ministry

1. Parish Involvement

Everyone can help! Springs of Love Teams or other parish ministries, like Respect Life or Family Life, can host an annual awareness event to let your Parish know about the needs of children in foster care in your community. We recommend you hold several events a year, doing things like collecting donations for a local foster agency, wrapping gifts each December for a foster family Giving Tree, and more. Publicize your events with your Parish and invite everyone to join in!

Parish Involvement - Everyone can help

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2. Springs of Love Teams

Springs of Love Teams - ways to helpThere 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 Springs of 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).
  • Become 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.
  • Meet material needs for the family, as they arise – diapers, clothing, furniture, etc. 
Springs of Love Teams

3. Springs of Love Small Groups

The third way to support foster, adoptive, and kinship families, as well as adoptees and birth families, is through creating small groups that meet monthly. Each parish may offer a different selection of small groups, depending on the need and population of their parish.

Springs of Love Small Groups support those touched by fostering & adoption