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The Waldo Canyon Fire has impacted our entire community. At Fostering Hope we are very grateful to our volunteers who have helped their families cope during this stressful time. Our prayers are with you all.
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Fostering Hope is a program that enables a team of volunteers from the faith community to serve as "extended family" to foster parents, to assist and support them in their task of caring for children whom they foster.
The assistance is generally of a very practical nature, as fostering can be very overwhelming. Children need to be transported to birth families, therapy and doctor's appointments; they need special tutoring and coaching; they need enriching activities such as visits to a farm, a museum, or even a baseball game; and on holidays and birthdays they need to be celebrated. Foster parents are frequently unable to provide for the myriad needs one child may have; having more than one child to foster is even more daunting.
Our volunteers offer emotional support as well. Foster parents are often lonely. Given their life style, friends often drop away; neighbors view them with suspicion; few people genuinely understand or appreciate the work they do and the depth of their love for the children. They need friends and people they can count on. Without this support, many foster parents quit fostering. Our volunteers make a difference for them.
Fostering Hope staff provides professional oversight of the volunteers while allowing relationships to grow naturally with the foster parent. The outcomes of the program occur in the interactions among the team, the foster parents, and the children in their care. By supporting foster parents, we see better outcomes for children in foster care.