We're all in this together.
It takes a village...
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. Helping these children to feel seen and heard and bonded is an essential part of caring for them. It can also be one of the most challenging parts.
Our goal is to create opportunities for foster families to connect with each other- both the children and the parents. As well as create opportunities for the community to connect with these children and families. Foster families are the greatest recruiters of other foster families and by bridging the gap between the two, we hope to see more community awareness and involvement in all aspects of the foster system.
By organizing events for foster families to gather we have seen connections, camaraderie, and deep friendships formed. Families who are walking similar paths joining together for food, fun, and fellowship. An opportunity to share "me too's" and provide encouragement through mentorship and support.
We have also formed partnerships with local group homes with the goal of creating volunteer opportunities for community members. Foster Village purchases the materials and facilitates skill-sharing projects, allowing volunteers to connect with these children in the group homes and teach them a new skill.
As our Community Connection program grows, we look forward to providing more opportunities for the community to share gifts, talents, and resources with our local children who all too often fall between the cracks. With connection comes belonging and a greater likelihood for healing and thriving.