Below are some of the frequently asked questions that
churches ask us about starting a foster care ministry. If you have
other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Why do you require approval from the Senior
The success of any initiative is directly related to the
leadership's strong and unequivocal support for that initiative. A
foster care ministry is no different. For your foster care
ministry to be successful, the senior pastor must support it,
both by allocating church resources and by encouraging the Church
community to get involved during sermons and one-on-one
How much time will the pastor need to allot to the foster
We understand the many responsibilities pastors have to manage,
and we don't want to add a program that puts undue burden on his or
her time. We believe that many of the operational aspects of the
program can be managed by the Foster Care
Ministry Director and the church's core team. Pastors
typically participate in the core team training and, as schedule
permits, they attend the opening of orientation and Pre-Service
training to welcome the participants and deliver an
Describe the different roles and responsibilities involved
in implementing a foster care ministry with
The following are the key roles and the partner that fills each
- Church Relations Officer (FaithBridge): This person
works with the Senior Pastor to establish the scope of the
engagement, and then turns the day-to-day operations over to the
Community of Care Consultant.
- Community of Care Director (FaithBridge): This
individual manages the volunteer programs and oversees the work of
the Community of Care Resource Coordinator.
- Church Director (Church): This individual
identifies recruits, orients and disciples members of the community
to become involved in the ministry. He or she also manages the work
of the Community of Care Resource Coordinator.
- Community of Care Resource Coordinator (Church and
FaithBridge): This individual establishes and manages a core
team of volunteers, each of whom is responsible for a different
area of foster family support, including respite care,
transportation, clothing and supplies and family coach.
- Foster Family Consultant (FaithBridge): The Foster
Family Consultant coordinates care and service for foster children
and families and handles the interaction with state agencies.
Why should we choose FaithBridge as our partner over
another child-placement agency?
Like other child placement agencies, FaithBridge handles the
legal and administrative aspects of the program, which means the
church and families have little to
no direct interact with government agencies. What sets us
apart is our Community of CareSM model. This
small group network surrounds foster families with caring
individuals who ensure that families have the support they need -
from clothing and furniture to help with babysitting and
What role does FaithBridge play in helping our families
FaithBridge plays a key role in the application process,
training and certification. First, we have simplified the foster
family application process by implementing a web-based application
form that individuals can fill out on our site. This eliminates the
need for families to have to manage the 80-page paper application.
Second, we facilitate all training, including the
state-mandated Pre-Service training program. For the
convenience of our families, we conduct that training over two
weekends. Finally, we provide dedicated support to families who are
going through the application process, which can take time to
How long does it take for foster families to become
certified and to start being placed with foster
The answer varies on how quickly families move through the
application and home study process, which can take some time. We do
have a team in place that helps families at each stage of the
process and works to see them through to certification. In the best
case scenario, a church might begin receiving placements as soon as
10 to 12 weeks after the ministry begins.
Can you describe how the Community of Care
When a foster family has a need such as respite care,
transportation, supplies or help with tutoring, they contact their
CoC Resource Coordinator. The CoC Resource Coordinator, who then
engageshis/her volunteer to fulfill the request. If there are
issues related to the child's development or behavior, the
CoC Resource Coordinator contacts the FaithBridge Family
Consultant who can weigh in on the situation.
Is there a fee charged to the church for working with
FaithBridge? If so, how much?
We ask churches to sign a covenant for financial support to
underwrite support of dedicated staff.
How do we communicate to our congregation about the new
FaithBridge works with you to help get the word out about your
foster care ministry. We provide each new church
partner an awareness kit that's designed to help the church
promote the ministry launch. The kit includes posters, flyers,
bulletin inserts, etc. -- all of which can be customized to your