Churches working together are the solution. Live The Promise: FL is a promising plan for foster care and adoption, equipping churches to flood the foster care and adoption system with well-trained and well-supported foster families.
Florida 1.27 embraces the reality that caring for vulnerable children can be difficult. It is a unique calling where some people are called to bring a child into their own home. Others can contribute in additional ways using their unique gifts and abilities.
Florida 1.27 works in partnership with Promise 686, a national organization that developed the Live The Promise model. This model inspires and equips churches to engage volunteers to proactively serve and support foster and adoptive families. With this results-proven model, Florida 1.27 implements its Live The Promise: FL campaign to reach its goal of having more than enough foster and adoptive families trained, supported, and available to care for vulnerable children.
Florida 1.27 believes in the model provided by Live The Promise: FL campaign: Volunteer, Respite, and Foster.
Volunteer: Volunteers, family helpers, and child mentors become extended family to a foster family. Volunteers are part of a Care Community of support to a foster family, providing practical support such as meals, laundry, housecleaning, yard work, transportation, childcare, tutoring, mentoring, etc.
Respite: Interim Caregivers give foster families the extended break they need to remain healthy in their marriage and overall life. These helpers, through a special approval process, are like aunts and uncles to foster children, keeping the children for a long weekend or even up to a few weeks. Further, Interim Caregivers are “on deck” foster parents, qualified to step into a more committed role if they choose.
Foster: Foster parents give grace, love and stability for sometimes weeks, often months, and occasionally years. Bill Moyers once wrote, “Faith based charity provides crumbs from the table. Faith based justice offers a place at the table.” Foster parents offer children a place at their table, in their home and in their hearts.