Foster Care Month
May is National Foster Care Month throughout the US, and has been acknowledged as such since 1988. We would like to share some brief insights to highlight both the need and the ways that CFLM is working to meet the need.
There are 443,000 children in care in the US. There are 13,873 children in care in the state of Georgia. The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) divides the state into regions. Chosen for Life Ministries serves in DFCS Region 5: Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Green, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rockdale, and Walton. Within these 12 counties, 1,148 children are in care. There are only 447 foster homes in Region 5.
There is a phrase in the foster care community of “one and done,” meaning that a family completes the training, becomes an approved foster family, takes one placement, and then never fosters again. Data tells us that when a foster family is unsupported, 80% of foster families fall into this one and done category. At Chosen for Life Ministries, we believe that we can change those numbers and see more families foster better and longer with support. With that in mind, we help churches to create Care Teams to surround a foster family with the physical, emotional, and spiritual support they need.
Our goal at Chosen for Life Ministries is to equip and educate churches and the community to step into the crisis in our region and to care for these vulnerable children. We believe that everyone can do something, and our question will always be: What role can you play?
To learn more about ways that you can get involved or join a Care Team, complete the brief form on our Care Team Volunteer page. To find out more about becoming a foster parent, contact our Foster Care Initiative Director, Jessi Williams.