Connecting families to each other
Meeting the basic needs of children is only part of the weight that foster parents carry. One of the most important, but often overlooked, goals of parenting children coming from hard places is for them to feel a sense of connection. And as caregivers work to meet the emotional needs of the children in their care, they need support of their own, whether it’s a night out or someone to call when they are feeling overwhelmed or lonely.
Our goal is to create opportunities for foster families – both the children and the parents – to connect with each other. By connecting foster families with other foster families, biological families and trusted resources, families are strengthened and empowered to continue fostering.
Events and Gatherings
Foster families are often navigating a complex system and challenges that are unique to fostering. They need to know they are not alone and need encouragement from others on the same journey they are on. We host regular events and gatherings designed to love on foster families, give foster families avenues to connect with each other and provide caregivers with expertise and knowledge for their journeys. Types of events include:
- Moms Gatherings
- Dads Gatherings
- Caregiver Gatherings
- Parents’ Night Out events
- Play Dates
- Family Gatherings
- Equip Workshops, led by experts in different areas
For children who have been through trauma or multiple transitions, it can be difficult to feel safe and securely attached in a new home, no matter how loving or supportive that home is. In addition to providing sensory tools to calm the nervous system through Project SOOTHe, we also connect families to therapeutic coaching and resources to help them support the children in their care in the best way possible.
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) is a trauma-informed, therapeutic model that helps caregivers provide support to at-risk and vulnerable children. This modality can help improve safety, attachment, behavior, emotional regulation and more, and it’s designed to empower families to support children who have experienced relational traumas. Several members of the Foster Village staff are trained practitioners in this modality and offer free coaching to families so they can learn how to use these tools in their home. We also have a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who provides free therapy sessions to the families we serve by request.
Connect for Success
A good education is the key to breaking cycles and building a successful future. Unfortunately, many students enter foster care already behind in school and fall behind even more as they change homes and schools. Intervening early to help children thrive academically can ensure students are set up to overcome adversity and be successful in the future.
Connect for Success matches community volunteers with kids in foster care to give them the educational support they need to stay in school, improve academic performance and achieve greater success later in life. By providing free after school tutoring, foster families can give the children in their care the academic boost they need without having to pay for cost-prohibitive private tutors.
“Foster Village went above and beyond to support my family during our foster care experience. We got connected through Parents Night Out then learned of the many services they provide to foster families, kinship caregivers, and biological parents: Family Gatherings, emergency placement resourcing (i.e. cribs, car seats, clothes, diapers, etc. for kids who were removed from their homes and came to us in the middle of the night), connection with other foster families, emotional support, and so much more. We were able to continue fostering in large part due to the holistic support provided to us by Foster Village, and I will forever be thankful for the work they do to honor and dignify every member of the foster care system!” - Ally