Youth aging out of foster care are at greater risk for homelessness, unemployment, illness, incarceration, early parenthood, welfare dependency, and sexual and physical victimization than their peers.
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP
Educate yourself by attending the regional meetings of the Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care.
Help raise awareness and motivate your congregation/organization about the needs of our 13,000 Michigan children in foster care through bulletin inserts, newsletter articles, emails.
Invite involvement by holding donation drives for any of the needed items: clothing, books, toys, baby items, care packages, household goods, school supplies, etc. Partner with a local service agency to discover current needs.
Befriend a foster child or aging out youth or consider becoming a foster/adoptive parent, respite caregiver, mentor, volunteer, or CASA advocate. There are many ways to become personally involved in large and small ways.
See www.faithcommunitiescoalition.org to find tools and resources, an Intro to FCC power-point to download, FCC meeting dates, places and contact people in our 12 state-wide regions.
Pray for the foster kids, families and workers and ask your congregation and/or organization to do likewise.
HOW CAN THE FAITH COMMUNITIES COALITION ON FOSTER CARE HELP YOU HELP FOSTER KIDS IN NEED?
We are a growing grass roots collaboration that provides a catalyst to educate and motivate congregations to engage in at least one project or program that will support the 13, 000 foster children or aging out youth in Michigan.
The goals of the Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care are to:
- Provide gatherings in which representatives from congregations, organizations and service agencies can hear inspiring speakers and collaborate together.
- Help alleviate the suffering of the foster children in Michigan by asking congregations to partner with a social service agency in a particular project.
- Encourage congregations to issue calls for potential foster/ adoptive parents, mentors and respite care givers to become licensed and available when needed.
Imagine the tremendous impact it will have when every faith community in Michigan takes on just one or two of these projects. Our foster care crisis could be alleviated in just a few years.
JOIN OUR FCC EMAIL LIST
You can sign up at any of the regional meetings or call/email Rev. Kate Thoresen, coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.835.8151; www.faithcommunitiescoalition.org