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. 

What is a Care Community?

A team, much like extended family, of 6-8 committed volunteers who wrap around a foster, adoptive, or Safe Families Host family and their children. They offer emotional, spritiual, and practical support. The team provides regular and ongoing practical help such as meals, tutoring, childcare, laundry, yard work, etc. Members can choose which roles they want to play in the Care Community and are assigned to a family who is geographically nearby, not more than a 15 minute drive.

How can my church get engaged?

Hands of Hope equips churches to implement and run Care Communities. Select someone from your church to be the Care Community Coordinator. Sign up below to join us for a one-day clinic, where you will be equipped to begin and maintain a ministry advocating for orphans and vulnerable children. Topics will include roles your church can fulfill, creating awareness, and forming and launching Care Communities. Hands of Hope holds these 3-4 times per year. The next clinic date is:

Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 9am - 4 pm at Calvary Southern Baptist Church in Greenfield, IN

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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.