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Fostering Hope exists to support and serve our local foster care community. We currently have a variety of programs that are in place to support, encourage and provide resources to children in care, foster families, and agency workers. We aim to bring the community together and partner with local churches, businesses, and organizations with the idea that we can do more together than apart.

Child-Focused

Caring Closet

Our Caring Closet locations help provide for the basic needs of children in foster care. Most children come into care with very few belongings. Through donations from the community, Fostering Hope is able to provide clothing, toiletries, shoes, and many other items to children in care and the families caring for them. We have a location in Carl Junction & in Carthage that are open each Saturday morning. Fostering Hope is always seeking reliable volunteers to sort and organize donations at our locations and to assist families and children when they come in to get needed items. We also rely on the continued support of our community through donations to stock our buildings with the items needed for children in care.

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Hope Fund

The Hope fund is a designated fund that allows Fostering Hope to help provide for the needs of children in care that are not covered by the state. There are often expenses that come up for a child that are not covered through state funds and that are financially difficult for a foster family to easily afford when they have numerous children in their home. Some of these things include but are not limited to instrument rentals, dance lessons, sports equipment, camp fees, etc. Fostering Hope believes that it is important for children in care to be able to participate in these childhood experiences if they want to. We do not believe they should miss out on these things because of their present situation. We hold fundraisers throughout the year that are dedicated to specifically raising money for this fund.

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Mentor Program

Our mentor program seeks to provide caring, committed mentors to teens in care. We want to provide these kids with an adult that will consistently connect with them, encourage them, and pour into them. This is a developing program that is currently being piloted through a residential facility for teens that do not have many visitors. Our goal is to continue to expand this program so that we can provide mentors to children of other ages. Volunteers are essential to the success of this much needed program. Mentors are required to fill out an application, do a background check, and complete the required training hours.

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Senior Pictures

Each year Fostering Hope partners with local photographers to provide senior photo sessions to each teen in care that will be graduating. Senior pictures are an expense that the state does not cover & an expense that not all foster parents are able to easily afford. But we believe that senior pictures are important for these students to have regardless. We are always looking for photographers that are willing to donate their time and services so that we can continue to offer this program.

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Birthday Cards

Birthday cards are mailed out to each child in care in Jasper County. We want every child in foster care to know that regardless of their current situation they are special and thought of…and who doesn’t like receiving fun mail! We partner with Wendy’s who provides a coupon for a free kid’s meal to place in each card.

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Book Program

Fostering Hope mails books to 15 children each month along with an encouraging card. We think it brightens someone’s day to receive mail meant just for them & for no particular reason! We want each child to know that they are amazing, special, important, unique, precious, and loved. We are able to send new books each month through community donations and a partnership throughout the year with the Sweet Dreams Pajama Program.

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Family-Focused

Meals

When a family takes a child into their home, it is a time of adjustment that can sometimes be stressful with the addition of new schedules, appointments, and settling into a routine. In an attempt to be of help during this often hectic time, Fostering Hope provides a freezer meal to the family. It also gives us an easy opportunity to let them know about the other resources available to them through Fostering Hope.

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Mom's Craft & Coffee Night

Fostering Hope enjoys getting to host a craft & coffee night each quarter for foster and adoptive moms. These nights provide a relaxed and fun environment for these ladies to spend an evening together creating something beautiful, encouraging one another, and being able to connect with others who understand their struggles and emotions.

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Foster Parent Spotlight & Night Out

There are so many amazing foster parents in our community and they do not often get the recognition they deserve for the hard work and time they daily put into caring for the children in their home. The purpose of this program is to spotlight a foster family each month so that we can publicly and personally thank them for what they have done and are continuing to do. Fostering Hope provides a gift card to a local restaurant and some extra cash to cover a babysitter so the parents can enjoy a night out. Families are selected based on nominations and are highlighted on our Facebook page.

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Christmas of Hope

Each year we partner with Zimmer Radio’s News Talk KZRG to host the Christmas of Hope campaign. Christmas of Hope provides gifts to children in foster families as well as to kids of families involved with Children’s Division.

Agency-Focused

Snacks for Staff

Fostering Hope provides snacks during monthly all-staff meetings at Jasper County Children’s Division and MBCH Children & Family Ministries.

Appreciation Cards

Fostering Hope provides a note of appreciation as well as an Orange Leaf gift card to Children’s Division and MBCH staff members each month. Recipients are selected by agency supervisors.

Inter-Agency Appreciation Breakfast

An annual appreciation breakfast is held each November to honor and appreciate those that work within the foster care system.

Staff Appreciation

Fostering Hope partners with Jasper County Children’s Division during their annual staff appreciation week. We help to cover the cost of food as well as a fun event during the week.

Resources

It’s one of our values to provide foster children, foster families and child welfare agency workers with resources to help them in the situations they may find themselves in. Some of our popular resources include our Resource Manual, our blog and our Caring Closet. Check out our Resources page to see all our available resources.

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