Foster Care provides a temporary home for children who are unable to live in their biological parent’s home. Foster parents provide a safe home and place for children to heal until they are either reunited with their birth family or a relative or adoptive home is found.
There are several ways you can care for children/youth in your home:
In order to qualify as a foster or adoptive parent through Children's Division/Public Child Welfare, you must:
MBCH Children and Family Ministries is committed to finding families for children who need care outside their own homes. Children now entering out-of-home care need special help and understanding because they may have experienced the trauma of physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or neglect.
These children often feel angry or upset because of the traumatic experiences they have had. They need time to learn that adults can be trusted, they are not going to be hurt anymore and there are acceptable ways to express their feelings. Children and youth who have experienced trauma need connection and relationship. They need to be empowered and need help in learning how to self-regulate. MBCH Children and Family Ministries’ foster parents are given training on how to provide trauma-informed care to children/youth placed in their homes as well as to the families of these children and youth.
MBCH Children and Family Ministries needs homes for all types of children, but the majority of children needing homes are school age. Many of the children are in sibling groups that need to stay together. Some have special medical, emotional or developmental needs.
Special needs children have one or more of the following characteristics:
Here is a testimony from a Family that was Blessed by the power of Foster Care.