Fostering Hope can help your church to:
set up communities of support around carers
Become a safe community
training for church and youth ministry teams in how to support children in care
Become a trauma-informed church
training for your church to be trauma-informed and support children in care
up to date information about services available to carers
Support foster carers in your church community
Fostering Hope encourages a system of supporting carers by wrapping their church community around them and educating it about their needs and what support they need.
This extra support can help placement stability and retaining carers. Churches can also play an outreach role in supporting carers located in their geographic areas. Every foster family needs a prayer team, but they may also need someone cooking a meal once a week, providing free babysitting, transporting children, preparing the house for a new placement, or any number of things.
Churches are an integral part to our initiative, a community ready made to love and support both carers and kids in need. We're keen to get all churches praying and supporting foster care in some way - we'd love to hear from you.
Become a safe church community
Fostering Hope works in response to the brokenness in the world that leads children to being removed from their families and in need of care. In doing this we need to learn from the mistakes of the past and ensure that Fostering Hope foster and kinship carers, and their church communities, are safe, nurturing, and healing places for vulnerable children.
A key way of achieving this is for each church to understand and take seriously the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (National Principles), adapting them to suit your own program and context.
Become a trauma informed church
Fostering Hope can support your church become trauma-informed so everyone working with children in care and their families can provide a safe, inviting, and fun place for children to thrive and form positive relationships with your children and youth ministry staff.
Fostering Hope runs trauma information sessions for people involved in children's and youth ministry. We can also link you into great resources.