"Imagine three friends come upon a raging river. They see children in the water rushing down the rapids toward a waterfall. One friend immediately jumps into the river and begins pulling as many children out as he can. Knowing there’s a waterfall downstream, the second friend runs down river and tries to catch as many children as he can before they fall over the cliff. The third friend, however, wonders why these children are in the river in the first place. He runs upstream to find out how he can put a stop to it. All three friends are running in three different directions, each addressing different yet equally important points of the problem—there are kids in the water and we need to get them out.”
– Jason Johnson, CAFO
Where to jump in?
Social issues are interwoven and overlapping. When it comes to foster care and adoption, this means that there are numerous ways to make an impact.
We need foster parents, kinship parents, adoptive parents, and mentors. We also need people fighting poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, etc. For example, fostering a child is a form of homelessness prevention (children are given homes), but homeless ministries are a form of foster care prevention (parents get the help they need).
At Fostering Family, we focus our efforts primarily on “intervention,” but we partner with organizations both upstream and downstream in order to engage the foster care crisis holistically. If you have a particular burden for “prevention” or “restoration,” we are eager to point you in the right direction. Learn more below.