Rallying the Body of Christ to alleviate the foster care crisis in San Diego County and beyond
Children belong in families, but foster families often lack support. R225 exists to better support foster & adoptive families. This helps families foster stronger and longer.
The Facts about the Foster Care Crisis:
- There are over 40,000 children in foster care in California. 2400 of them are in San Diego County. 48% are between the age of newborn to 5 years old.
- Half of the children in foster care do not have a home to sleep in tonight.
- More than 50% of foster parents quit within their first year of service.
- An estimated 65% of adoptive placements disrupt, which results in returning the children to foster care.
- The majority of girls who age out of the system are pregnant within 2 years.
- Over 60% of children caught up in sex trafficking come out of the foster care system.
- 50%+ of prison inmates come from the foster system.
R225 exists to work with the Church and Volunteers to:
Create awareness at your church that vulnerable children need help! Recruit people to help fill the gap that exists in the foster care system.
Help foster & adoptive families succeed in serving at-risk children by building a Care Community to encourage, pray and tangibly support the foster family.
Ensure the emotional and physical well-being of foster children by supporting foster & adoptive families helping at-risk youth become loving, productive, thriving adults.
R225 believes that ongoing tangible and emotional support is the key to foster & adoptive family success. We will work with local churches in San Diego County to create Care Communities.
Care Communities consist of volunteers who are assigned to a particular foster family who are committed to providing meals, childcare, or other practical help to that foster family. And of course, plenty of prayer and encouragement! Foster families who are surrounded by a Care Community serve more children over longer periods and provide a higher quality environment for vulnerable children.
The Live the Promise Model
Churches and families are willing, they just need a plan – the Live the Promise model addresses this crisis:
- If every church raises up and supports at least one foster family, there will be more than enough families prepared to meet the ongoing need for available foster homes.
- This model inspires and equips churches to: (1) recruit foster & adoptive families; (2) engage volunteers to serve and support foster and adoptive families; and (3) provide ongoing support and training for families and ministries.
With this results-proven model, R225 will reach its goal of having more foster and adoptive families than San Diego County children in care.
A Live the Promise
A Care Community is an engineered team, much like an extended family, of 4-8 committed volunteers who support and serve the foster or adoptive family and children. This team provides regular and ongoing practical help and includes:
Family helpers serve by providing a meal once per month, or can run errands, assist with housework, do yard work, laundry, and help with other practical tasks.
A child mentor commits to provide childcare or transportation 2-3 times per month.
Interim caregivers serve as overnight caregivers in their home or in the foster or adoptive home from as little as one night to up to two weeks (in accordance with the policy of the foster care agency).
The team leader provides leadership for the Care Community. This volunteer contacts the foster family weekly and sends out a weekly email updating the team on prayer requests.
The church advocate is typically a team of 2 who initiate the process of rolling out the Care Communities within their church. Building awareness through informational meetings, identifying foster families in need of support and managing the team leaders.
Here’s how it works:
Ready to start thinking ahead? Want to know what comes next? The first step is to connect Restoration225 to your church. And don’t worry, our job is to walk you through it.
- Identify an Advocate and have the Advocate, or Advocate Team, attend an upcoming Church Advocate Clinic, see the events for details of upcoming Clinics and other opportunities
- Find existing foster & adoptive families within your church
- Raise awareness within your church
- Recruit volunteers to support foster & adoptive families in practical ways
- Work with R225 to equip volunteers
- Receive ongoing coaching from R225