What’s a Foster and Adoptive Care Community?
An engineered team, much like extended family, of 4-8 committed volunteers who support and serve the foster or adoptive family and foster or adoptive children. This team provides regular and ongoing practical help such as meals, prayer, tutoring, childcare, transportation, laundry, yard work, etc.
Care Community Volunteer Roles
Family Helpers usually serve by providing a meal once per month, delivered on the same day of the week and same week of each month. (i.e. the second Tuesday of every month.) Additionally, these volunteers can run errands, assist with housework, do yard work, laundry, and help with other practical tasks to support the family.
A Child Mentor commits to provide childcare or transportation 2-3 times per month, with at least one scheduled day per month. This role may require necessary background checks in order for the volunteer to be unsupervised with foster children. This is a unique opportunity to pour love and encouragement into these vulnerable children. In order to thrive, foster and adoptive parents need the support of dedicated Child Mentors who will sacrificially serve them in this way.
The Team Leader provides leadership for the Care Community. This volunteer contacts the foster or adoptive family weekly and sends out a weekly email updating the team on prayer requests. This role can be uniquely filled or combined with any of the above roles.
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 to the approval policy of the foster care agency. Additional background checks may be required, as well as a home safety inspection. Respite families also fall under this category of assistance.