Foster friendly FAITH
Teach on foster / adoption care annually
Talk about God’s heart for vulnerable children and families and give people an
opportunity to respond.
Train child / youth volunteers to be trauma aware
Help those serving with children and youth ministries understand the impact trauma can have on infants, children and teens.
Support kinship, adoptive and foster families
Create at least one on-going program supporting foster, kinship and adoptive families.
Tennessee Kids Belong offers ideas and tools to help.
What does a Foster Friendly Faith Community look like?
40% of foster parents stop fostering within the first year. One of the most often-cited reasons is lack of community support.
Your faith community can play a valuable role in changing the
experience and outcomes for kids and families in foster and kinship care.
Here are three best practices to becoming a Foster Friendly Faith Community. You only need to choose two to get started.
Tennessee Kids Belong launched the Foster Friendly app in 2019, making it easy for foster families to connect with businesses across the state that offer discounted products and services. We recently launched the Faith Community section of the app so families can easily identify houses of worship that are aware of and sensitive to the often complex needs of caring for kids in foster care. Complete the Foster Friendly pledge above and get your faith community added to the app!
Foster friendly business
How can a business make a difference in foster care?
A foster family can go from 2 kids at breakfast to 5 kids at the dinner table. Nationwide, one of the leading causes of foster parent burnout is "a lack of social and community support." Your business can help change that!
Here are three ways to show your support for foster families in your community and use your business to make a difference!
Remind employees about your business's commitment to foster families and the details of your Foster Friendly discount/incentive.
Use your business newsletter, social media or email to share that your business is Foster Friendly & introduce your customers to some of the kids filmed through our
I Belong Project over the last year.
Help change the experience and outcomes for children in foster care by donating a percentage of sales this month to Tennessee Kids Belong or make a donation in any amount.
Join over 200 businesses statewide who already use our Foster Friendly App to provide discounts, support and services to local foster families and children. It's easy!
Decide on what your business could offer (20% off for foster families, a free ticket for children in foster care, kids eat free with a paying adult, etc).
Complete the Business Impact Partner Form and be advertised on the app, which is utilized by foster families.
Display your window/door sticker and educate your employees on the details of your offer to foster families
We offer a wide variety of free resources for your faith or business community.
Let us know how we can help you meet foster care needs right where you live.
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