The Village believes that there should be clear, manageable, and proven ways for your church to effectively care for kids and families in your communities.
The proven method used by The Village is called Family Advocacy Ministry (‘FAM’). FAM is a ministry model designed to help church partners care for vulnerable children in their communities. These ministries allow churches to have a positive impact by:
Care Communities are a primary element of FAMs. In Care Communities, volunteers wrap around families to provide support to foster, adoptive and other families through activities such as bringing weekly meals, supplying practical needs, providing transportation, mentoring and tutoring children, and becoming trained to provide child and respite care.
The national average of families who continue fostering after the first year is about 50%, and 80% of foster families are no longer fostering after two years. However, when supported by a FAM, 90% of families continue fostering into a second year. FAMs have a positive impact on both retention and recruiting of foster families and are in place in nearly 700 churches in more than 20 states.
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