We are here for the parents who are thinking of adopting, or fostering, and are wondering what resources are available to support them. We are here for the parents who feel overwhelmed, and need assistance navigating unexpected circumstances. We are here for kids seeking a community of understanding peers, and the resources they need to thrive.
For potential volunteers and donors, there are big and small ways you can help. There’s a child seeking pajamas or a new bike. There are kids who need mentors. Parents that could use a night off. Here you’ll find a host of organizations which can help you find where you fit in.
There are many organizations doing important work in supporting families and kids of all shapes and sizes. We wanted to make it easy for you to find them, and for them to find you.Regardless of your background or beliefs, we can all agree about the importance of rallying around our vulnerable children. We seek to be a resource for everyone who wants to see our nation’s children thrive at every stage of their lives.
Since reading this letter, I’ve been on a journey of finding my place in supporting children like these. For a season, I provided regular informal respite care to two foster kids, and learned much about the impact of trauma and the broken nature of the system that tries to support them. I supported a family that was fostering with meal drop-offs and other things as I could. And I spent time with a teen that had overcome many challenges, but was still struggling with a legacy of abuse and neglect.
I meet many who are touched by the needs of foster kids, and other children from difficult backgrounds, but aren’t sure how they can help.
The outcomes for kids who spend time in foster care in particular are heartbreaking – and even more kids who are not adopted by the time they “age out”. Many of the big societal problems we face tie back to foster care – drug abuse, trafficking, incarceration, homelessness, joblessness. What if we could resolve the source of these problems before they became ingrained, inter-generational, and macro-level problems?As I began to research, I became impressed with the enormous number of resources that are available to help families of all shapes and sizes. While many focus on the adoption and foster care space, there are others to support families with disabled children, chronically ill or terminally ill children, as well as myriad other challenges. So, I thought it would be helpful to gather into one place the organizations working directly or indirectly to support families and children, and to rally volunteer and donor support for these that are doing great work.
We pray as you view these pages that you are inspired to leverage your time and/or resources and impact the life of a child, or a family. Our hope is that this site is the beginning of inspiration, connections, and sharing, for the betterment of Our Village.Will you join us in Nurturing Our Village?
Nurturing Our Village has been created to help foster, adoptive and traditional parents and children connect to the resources they need to thrive. We also want to connect those wanting to help with opportunities that will make an impact.There is a place for everyone in Our Village.