Right now there are over 300 children in the foster care system of Cherokee County. Having been removed from their familiar homes, these precious children are now in the custody of the State of Georgia. Every one of them desires to be in a safe and loving home and they want to know that things are going to be okay and the very parents from whom they were taken want their children to be safe and loved as well.
The goal of WeFoster is to provide a caring, Christian home for every foster child in our community while working towards having that child return to their birth parents or to another family member. It is important to have foster care homes within the child's own community to keep him or her from being uprooted and moved to another school or community. It is equally important to have a "Community of Care" within WeFoster to support and mentor the foster children.
WeFoster has three strategic areas for families or individuals to be involved that make up the Community of Care - Mentors, Respite Families, and Foster Families. We are looking for families and individuals to serve in all of these areas within WeFoster.
WHAT IS A MENTOR?
WHAT IS A RESPITE FAMILY?
These are the Aunt, Uncle and Grandparent figures for the foster children. Respite Families stand beside the Foster Family by providing another level of support. Overnight childcare, weekend care, attending ball games or recitals are just a few areas where the Respite Family supports the Foster Family. Our Foster Families need an extended break from time to time and the Respite Family is there to provide an approved home for their foster children. To become a Respite Family you will walk through the same training as the Foster Family.
WHAT IS A FOSTER FAMILY?
These are the homes that are willing to have foster children live with them for a few days, a week, a month or however long it takes for the birth family to work on correcting the issues that stand in the way of their children returning home. Foster Families are the front line of WeFoster. Many times these children are much different form your own and they come into your care scared and broken. Trust is difficult with these children. The Foster Family has to be prepared to work through many unforeseen situations while the child is in their care. Another aspect of the Foster Family is the work that needs to happen with the birth family. Many times, it is the Foster Mom or Dad mentoring and coaching the birth parents that makes it possible for the child to return home.
To Be Determined
Email Robin Gerardi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The WeFoster Info Session is STEP ONE of the process of serving in the WeFoster Ministry. Everyone desiring to serve as foster families, respite families, and volunteers must participate in the WeFoster Introduction Session.
Introduction to WeFoster Meetings
At the 1 hour WeFoster INFO Session you will learn about:
- The WeFoster Community of Care
- The requirements for being a Foster family
- Volunteer opportunities
- The great need our community and foster children have for families like yours
- How volunteers and respite families will be matched with foster families to help ensure their success
- The steps to Foster & Respite care
- The approval process
Upcoming Information Sessions:
Would you like to learn more about the need and process to become a foster family or how you can support one? Join us for a Foster Care Information Session. This is the pre-requisite for IMPACT, the state’s 24-hour training to become a foster or respite family or to become a volunteer to serve our foster families.
February 22, 2021 | 6:30pm | Zoom Meeting
March 21, 2021 | 6:30pm | Zoom Meeting
(Required for all Foster Families and Respite Families)
If you have completed WeFoster Info Session and are ready to take the next step, WeFoster provides Impact Training, an intensive, multi-day event designed to prepare a couple for the physical, emotional and spiritual demands of foster care. Using mini workshops, prayer, conversation and tabletop discussions, Impact Training training touches on a variety of important topics while helping families examine their hearts in order to determine if they are called to foster. This training is required by the State of Georgia for all families desiring to provide foster and respite care.
Upcoming Impact Training:
Virtual Impact Training starts Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Register below!
All sessions are required for fostering and respite.
For information about upcoming Impact Training Opportunities, please email Robin.Gerardi@fbcw.net.