Equipping Caregivers With Critical Necessities
At our multi-use Resource Centers (located in Dripping Springs and Round Rock), we are able to make all of the basic necessities available free of charge to those caring for children entering or exiting the foster care system. Licensed foster parents and kinship caregivers reach us directly through our Request Form and we are able to make sure that children entering their home under emergency circumstances have everything they need to feel safe and cared for within those first, often stressful, 24 hours. Our organization is unique in that caregivers can reach out to us directly for help, rather than needing to go through assigned caseworkers who are already spread thin. Often times these children are entering new homes with just the clothes on their backs, so we are able to provide them with new beds, car seats, clothing, school supplies, and other basic needs that are provided through the generosity of the community. And through our Project SOOTHe program, we are also able to provide therapeutic tools to help with the effects of trauma.
Equipping Reunifying Families With Support
Our resource centers and basic necessities are also available to children when reunifying with biological parents who have worked to restore their families. Our hope is that by making these required items readily available, children in our community will have a better chance at stability and appropriate care with their parents.
We also believe that foster parents are in the greatest position to equip and encourage parents toward a successful reunification. When it is a safe option, we give foster parents the tools and support they need to work as a team with biological parents for the best interest of the children. We have witnessed foster parents and biological parents became one big extended family, breaking generational cycles of dysfunction together.
Equipping Teens With Mentorship
Each year, thousands of youth will age out of foster care without the support of a forever family. These youth face heartbreaking statistics and a high rate of their future children ending up in foster care as well. We believe that the community can be the key to changing these odds and break troubling cycles.
Through our partnership with Child Protective Services and the foster care community, we are able to connect with at-risk youth in desperate need of a village of support. We meet with these teens to assess their unique needs and match them with the resources, tools, training, and engagement that they need to reach their goals. Sometimes that looks like walking them through the process of getting a driver’s license, applying to jobs or school, finding appropriate housing, meeting complicated medical needs, and connecting them to ongoing support through our partner organizations. Our objective is to make sure these children know that they have safe and loving people to call without conditions, just like they would in a family.