How churches & community groups can help

How churches & community groups can help

  • Create support groups for foster parents, including some specifically centered around the strengths and struggles.
  • Create a response team to circle around the family when a child comes home. This includes support system such as meal train set up (mealtrain.com), assistance with transportation, and practical logistics to help during transition time.
  • Offer play groups for children who are in foster care so they can spend time with others who have a shared experience, culture and/or background.
  • Offer child care for foster parents’ nights out.
  • Create a small army of families who will show up for a foster child’s birthday, school plays, ball games, or other special life events.
  • Partner newer families with another foster family to walk closely with them through the ups and downs.
  • Create a community to support each other through placement disruptions and attend court dates together.
  • Develop play rooms with court-appointed monitors to help facilitate child welfare visitations and CASA meetings for workers and children.
  • Create a “Foster Care Closet” to collect donated items for foster families receiving new children.
  • Work with local DCFS offices to bring foster care certification training to your church or group location.

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