Fostering Hope fills a unique role in the lives of foster children and the foster parents who care for them by serving as the “extended family” they do not have. This is the missing ingredient, the secret sauce that often means the difference in whether a child thrives or fails. We are not the foster parents or the professionals. Instead, we walk with them and partner alongside them to provide love and the intangibles that come with it: stability, enrichment and connections.
On a practical level, this includes:
- Help with homework
- Attending ballgames
- Babysitting so foster parents can have a “date night”
- Going to the park
- Running errands or doing laundry
- Home repairs
- Making meals
On an emotional level, it means:
- Acting as a listening ear when a foster mom has a tough day
- Offering consistency and stability so children can learn to trust again.
Most importantly, we adapt to the changing needs of children as they grow up. Fostering Hope stays with kids through early adulthood.
- Life skills like cooking and budgeting
- Helping them to find gainful employment
- Assistance with transportation and housing