GET INVOLVED - FOSTER
There are 397,122 children in U.S. foster care.
There are 14,661 children in the Illinois foster care system.
There are 425 children in Madison County and 431 in St. Clair County.
Many children are placed in group homes or less qualified, overcrowded foster homes when high quality foster homes are not available.
In 2012, 51% of foster children who exited care were reunited with their parents.
Of practicing Christians, 31% have seriously considered fostering. Only 3% have been a foster parent.
Statistically, Christians are no more likely to foster than the general population.
The Restore Network’s Foster Families:
Children enter foster care for various reasons: abuse, neglect, or abandonment. When they are removed from their family, they are experiencing great loss and grief. The Restore Network recruits Christian foster families to care for these children until they can safely return home.
We understand that fostering and adopting can be intimidating. Because we understand that, the Restore Network is simultaneously recruiting support teams for our families to make sure they are not alone on their journey. Support varies by county but can include:
-Meals Team: Meals are provided when a child is first placed in the foster home and for times of crisis.
-Work Team: This team is available to do minor home maintenance that may be burdensome to foster parents (mow, yard work, etc.).
-Clothing Team: This team will shop for the child's most urgent needs when a placement is made (clothes, diapers, etc.).
-Support Group: We offer monthly Support Group meetings for foster and adoptive families.
-Tutoring Team: We have tutors available for students who need academic help.
-Events: We organize periodic events for foster and adoptive families (Parent's Night Out, Christmas Party, Back-to-School Bash).
-Prayer Team: This team meets in small groups and on their own to pray over needs that are updated regularly.
-Bond County Loft: We store new and used clothing and childcare items that are free for families to pick up at First Christian Church (1100 Killarney, Greenville, IL 62246). For more information, call 618-664-0652.
For More information:
Join us for Foster & Adopt 101 - a workshop designed to provide families with some basic information about the process. Whether you are exploring what foster care or adoption might look like or you are committed to the journey, we encourage you to attend. Click here for upcoming events.
Click here for FAQs.
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Becoming Home – Jedd Medefind