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Mobilize and Support - Foster, Adoption, & Kinship Families

Updated: Jan 8



Problem:

  • There are more kids waiting for families than families waiting for kids.

  • 50% of foster parents quit within the first year.

  • Stats:

    • Miami County - 60 children

    • Montgomery County - 650 children

Solution:

  1. Annual Stand Sunday rhythm throughout a community with congregations.

  2. Mobilize Individuals into Support Structures that increase retention rate from 50% to 90%:

    1. Wraparound Support Teams:

    • Composition: 5-7 families. Team Leader, Mentor, Tutor, Family Helpers, Respite, etc.

    • Composition: Organizer, facilitator, cooks, childcare.

  3. City-Wide trauma-training and coaching for all childcare ministry staff and volunteers throughout Greater Dayton.


Mission:

  • Recruit More Than Enough foster, adoption, and kinship families until there are more families waiting for kids than kids waiting for families.

    • Montgomery County: 100 families

    • Miami County: 30 families

  • Create 130 wraparound support teams for each and every one of these families.

  • Create 8 support groups for all families to have access.

Strategy:

  • Onboard lay-leaders in congregations to lead a supportive ministry.

  • Mobilize the Body of Christ (multiple congregations) through Stand Sunday and surveys to capture capacity and plug-and-play folks into roles.

  • Find and equip a regional coordinator within Greater Dayton to implement strategy and mobilize the Body.

To connect, fill out this form, and/or email Amy Tuell at atuell@coalitionofcare.org and cc: myself at paul@storyconnect.love



CURRENT STATUS:


# of Congregations doing this work

  • Miami County:

    • Stand Sundays - 3 Congregations

    • Care Communities - 4 Congregations, 9 Care Communities

    • Support Groups - 1


  • Montgomery County:

    • Stand Sundays - 1 Congregation

    • Care Communities - 2 Congregations, 2 Care Communities

    • Support Groups - 0

Map: To be updated below



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