Care Communities 2018

Care Communities 2018

Nationally, 50% of foster families quit either after the first year or after their first placement, primarily because they didnít feel supported. The Care Communities model adapted from Promise686 has been proven to retain up to 90% of those foster parents. Care communities are teams of 6-8 people that wrap around a foster family, adoptive family, or Safe Families Host Family. They offer emotional, spiritual, and practical physical support. Members choose which roles they want to play in the care community. Care Community volunteers will be assigned a family that is close to you geographically, not more than a 15 minute drive. 




What is a Care Community?
A team, much like extended family, of 4-8 committed volunteers who support and serve a foster family and their foster children. This team provides regular and ongoing practical help such as meals, tutoring, childcare, laundry, yard work, etc.

How can my church get engaged?
Select someone from your church to be the Care Community Coordinator. They will need to attend a 6 hour training class to learn how to implement Care Communities in your church. Hands of Hope holds these 3-4 times per year. The next training dates are: Sign up


What are the roles of members of the Care Community?
  • Family Helpers: Usually four people who provide a meal once a month, ensuring the family receives a meal once a week. Ideally these would be provided on the same night each week. Family helpers can do other tasks that line up with their skills and the needs of the family such as lawn maintenance, running errands, etc.
  • Child Mentors: At least two people who will offer childcare 1-2 times per month for a date night or important appointments. (Child Mentors are not expected to provide daycare or all-day childcare on a regular basis.)
  • Interim Caregiver: An interim caregiver, after building a relationship with the family and child, commits to providing periodic overnight care for the child. This involves fingerprinting and approval through the local DCS office.
  • Team Leader: A volunteer who acts as a liaison, communicating the needs of the foster family to the rest of the Care Community.