The FaithBridge difference rests in the local church and a model we call Community of Care.
The foster care crisis in the U.S. can be summed up in three
words: capacity, stability and quality. There are not enough homes
to serve the children in the system (capacity), which
forces children to be moved from home to home (stability).
And as a result, statistics and stories have shown that foster
children have a higher risk of juvenile delinquency and other
negative outcomes in adult life (quality).
FaithBridge Foster Care believes that the local church with its
existing infrastructure, vibrant ministries and caring
congregations can address the problems of capacity, stability and
quality. With a scriptural mandate to care for the
orphan and more than 400,000 churches and 100 million
evangelical Christians nationwide, the local church is uniquely
positioned to solve the foster care crisis in this country.
FaithBridge Foster Care and the local church
FaithBridge Foster Care partners with local churches to create
independent foster care ministries that address the foster care
problem in that church's surrounding community. We work with the
church to manage all aspects of the ministry including training,
certification and ongoing operational support. In addition,
FaithBridge acts as an intermediary with government agencies,
aiming to reduce the administrative burden on our foster families.
But most importantly, we create within the church a small group
network, known as the
Community of CareSM, which provides unparalleled
resources and support to foster families and children.
See how the local church addresses the foster care crisis in a
sample suburban county.