Every hour 50 kids enter foster care in the United States. Foster parenting is challenging and emotionally taxing. A large majority of new foster parents quit within the first two years due to feeling overwhelmed and unprepared for parenting children from a traumatic background. This has caused a severe shortage of foster parents in Colorado, leaving vulnerable children without the stable home environment they need.
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 all taught from a trauma-informed approach, helping foster parents learn new skills in order to meet children where they are, to begin to start the healing process in their vulnerable hearts. Our classes are free for foster parents and include free childcare, giving foster parents two hours of respite and children in care 2 hours to spend with other children in care. Our resources and services help make the foster parenting experience softer, leading children to experience appropriate family experiences with trust and comfort.
92% of our families report that they feel confident to care for vulnerable children longer than they anticipated thanks to our services.
Foster Families and Children Served in 2018.
Needs and Wishes Met in 2018.
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)
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428,000 Children in Foster Care. All FOSTER CHILDREN NEED Foster Parents
The number of children in foster care continues to increase while the number of foster parents steadily declines.
A foster parent’s job is to cultivate relationships that have a foundation of trauma. Foster children come to a home separated from everything they know, completely vulnerable and lacking control of their lives. As foster parents, we try to encourage healing through love – but the foster kids are kids too and they deserve more. They deserve that special bunk bed that would allow them to peacefully sleep next to their siblings; they deserve the laptop that will edge them to the top of their class; they deserve the specialized therapy to help heal their little hearts; and they deserve the experience of summer camp, family vacations, and to see their favourite sports programs.
Foster Source – we help foster parents inspire hope, healing, and happiness.