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. 

Chestnut Mountain Village ('The Village'), a ministry of Chestnut Mountain Ranch, guides and equips churches to care for vulnerable children and families using a proven, step-by-step method.


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:

  • Recruiting & supporting families to care for foster kids
  • Meeting physical and financial needs of foster and vulnerable families
  • Ministering to families to meet emotional and spiritual needs
  • Serving foster and adoptive families in Care Communities


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. 

"It has been a profound blessing for us as a church because it really does work."
Pastor, Northlands Church

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