Early in 2017 we (Jacqueline & Marleen) started a conversation about the gaps we saw in the support needed for foster, adoptive, and kinship families in our community, caring for our most vulnerable children. That conversation led to us spending countless hours researching and educating ourselves on how to most efficiently meet these needs. After reaching out and partnering with other organizations, we realized how much our amazing community wanted to help! This all led to the birth of Foster Assist, a non-profit bridging the gap between community and foster/adoptive/kinship families.
At Foster Assist we believe that everyone can do something to support children from hard places. We are working to create a community-based support system dedicated to meeting the needs of foster/adoptive/kinship families and finding safe, loving homes for vulnerable children. As advocates for children and the families that care for them, our community can also provide for basic needs such as clothing, hygiene products, sports fees, meals for foster families, transportation, respite care, and support as simple as folding laundry. The list could go on and on!
We are committed to helping every individual or group figure out how they can best serve our kids with what they already have, and then connecting them with families. We are continually growing, learning, and adapting to the ever changing needs of our foster/adoptive/kinship community.
Because all kids from hard places have some form of trauma, we desire to see a trauma informed community that is engaged in the positive transformation of young lives. Those of us caring for these kids need to be trained to understand that trauma. Foster Assist is committed to being part of the solution.