Half of all foster parents
quit within the first year.
Foster Source is changing that.
We serve foster parents so they can foster with confidence and help children in care heal.
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Every day in Colorado, 12 children enter foster care. Approximately 70% of foster parents quit within the first two years due to feeling overwhelmed, unsupported and unprepared for parenting children from traumatic backgrounds. When foster parents quit, children in foster care endure the additional trauma of being moved again. There is a severe shortage of foster parents in Colorado, especially experienced, long-term foster parents.
Children in foster care need more than love. They need to learn skills and resources to heal from trauma. These skills are provided by foster parents who are nurtured with the capability to foster better and foster longer. Our training classes are taught from a trauma-informed approach, helping foster parents learn new skills to meet children where they are, to start the healing process in their vulnerable hearts. Our classes include free childcare, giving foster parents two hours of respite and children in care 2 hours to spend with other children in care. Our relief services help make the foster parenting experience softer, leading children to experience appropriate family experiences with trust and comfort. Our therapeutic services give foster parents the mental health support they need to process the grief and secondary trauma that comes with foster parenting. This helps foster parents continue to foster. When we nurture and value foster parents, the children in their care heal sooner.
92% of our families report that they feel confident to care for vulnerable children longer than they anticipated thanks to our services.
Foster Parents and Children Served in 2020.
We came for the education, but we truly have gained so much more. Every foster parent should have Foster Source as part of their community. Thank you, Foster Source, for being there for us! (Read More)
HOW WE SPENT OUR MONEY IN 2020