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.
We create empathy and awareness between foster parents and children in foster care and the community at large, helping shed a light on the need through research and storytelling. We also speak at businesses, churches and community organizations to help educate on how the community can be involved with foster care. By building awareness, encouraging compassion and presenting needs, we give names and faces to those involved in foster care, thus building a bridge between those “in the system” and the community members who understand that we can make a difference when we work together.
We are an affiliate location of Foster Village Inc., and we are so thankful for their support and training as we create our village here in East TN. If you are interested in launching a Foster Village in your area click below.
The affiliate program trains, equips, and empower others who are passionate about caring for children and families in the child welfare system to launch a Foster Village location in their communities. Each location is its own 501c3 that follows the Foster Village model and approach while responding to the unique needs of their location.
It is our dream that one day, children and families in all 50 states and in each community within those states will have access to high-quality services and the holistic support of a loving village as we work together to care for the vulnerable and bring dignity to the system.