Advocating for Change in the System
There is a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding children in foster care, the foster parents and relatives who care for them and the biological parents who are working to reunify with their kids.
Foster Village brings dignity to the children and families we serve, understanding the root causes of why a child ends up in the foster care system, facilitating relationships between foster families and biological families and replicating communities of support around the nation. As part of our effort to build “community beyond the system,” we present honest and accurate information about our vulnerable neighbors, the challenges they face and the need for a supportive community.
When churches, companies and individuals come alongside those involved in the child welfare system, something beautiful happens: all parties are changed for the better.
Though everyone is aware of the child welfare system, most people in our communities do not have personal experience with it. There are few ways to connect with and get to know children in foster care without personally becoming a foster parent. This often creates a gap between the need in the community and those who live their lives unaffected by it.
As we work on the front lines and connect personally with the needs of foster families and biological families, we understand many of the complex dynamics and unseen challenges families in the child welfare system face. We are here to bridge the gap between the people making the laws and creating the systems and the people living in them every day.