Care communities come alongside a foster family and give needed support, anything from prayer to housework.
Nationally, 50% of foster families quit after the first year or first placement. Many of those families attribute a lack of support as the reason for their departure—support a Care Community can give. With the addition of Care Communities, 90% of foster families retain their position within the foster care system.
Care Communities offer foster families emotional, spiritual, physical, and financial support. A team of volunteers rallies around the foster family and bestows practical support, such as housework, childcare, tutoring, and meals.
Care Community volunteers provide weekly assistance, not daily care. Volunteers undergo training and commit to serving a particular family. Here are some example roles in a care community (click for description):
A family helper serves the family in tangible ways. Possible tasks include meals, housework, errands, laundry, yard work, tutoring, or childcare. The family conveys their unique household needs to the family helper.
Child mentor regularly pours love and encouragement into the foster child. The child mentor commits to providing childcare twice per month. Oftentimes, childcare is the biggest need for a foster family.
The team leader organizes the care community team and communicates with the family. Responsibilities include a weekly phone call to the foster family and a weekly email update to the team. A team leader can also fill the role of a family helper or child mentor.
Interested in being part of a Care Community? Your first step is to attend an information meeting and volunteer orientation. For more information on Care Communities contact Laura Mobley at .