Fostering Hope strives to create an extended family for foster parents and for the children in their care who have been abused and neglected. Through relationships, we aspire to bring stability, enrichment and connections into the homes of foster families. Our goal is to support foster parents in ways that keep them energized and engaged in their task of caring for abused and neglected children, while helping the children find trust and self-worth in order to heal after suffering abuse and neglect. We are not the foster parents or the professionals. Instead, we walk with them and partner alongside them to provide love and the intangibles that come with it.
On a practical level, this includes:
- Help with homework
- Attending ballgames
- Babysitting so foster parents can have a “date night”
- Going to the park
- Running errands or doing laundry
- Home repairs
- Making meals
On an emotional level, it means:
- Acting as a listening ear when a foster mom has a tough day
- Offering consistency and stability so children can learn to trust again.
Most importantly, we adapt to the changing needs of children as they grow up. Fostering Hope stays with kids through early adulthood.
- Life skills like cooking and budgeting
- Helping them to find gainful employment
- Assistance with transportation and housing