We are so impressed with Foster Village and their efforts to support foster families. It is amazing to see the work that they are doing in the lives of these kids and families. We are so thankful for this amazing organization!
From the moment I came across Foster Village on social media, I was impressed by their organization. They are run both compassionately and professionally. They advocate and educate well, show support in practical, trauma-informed ways, and highlight stories of positivity. They connect the community to the needs and bridge a gap that is often wide in child welfare.
Foster Village is a fantastic organization that is meeting a huge need in our community. As a social worker in child welfare, it is often difficult to find resources for families without having to meet certain conditions or criteria which are often discriminatory towards families that need the most help. I know that I can always count on Foster Village to work with urgency to provide support, resources, and physical items for the families I work with.
More than once Foster Village has overwhelmed us with help for getting started with our emergency placement. When they handed me a infant car seat along with a bag full of diapers, bottles and newborn clothes I cried! I had no idea there would be so much support. For our second placement they did it again this time with a twin bed frame and backpacks full of more older kid supplies. They also are faithful to tell stories and encourage foster parents with their social media posts, resource groups and newsletters. This non profit is a gem.
This organization was a saving grace for us. Fostering kids can be overwhelming - especially when you’re a first-timer and taking in an emergency placement of siblings. Foster village made sure that our kiddos had space saving beds, car seats and other things to support us and our kiddos.
As a foster parent, I cannot emphasis enough how critical the work of Foster Village is to the child welfare community.
The holistic support that they provide to all involved (foster parents, bio parents, kinship caregivers, and the kids at the center of everything) provides the connection and support necessary for these families to continue fighting the good fight.
Our first foster placement was a 4 month old baby coming home for the first tine from the NICU. Foster village was able to provide us with everything we needed big and small to make sure our baby was safe and well loved at home. And their support has been ongoing through their online groups where families can ask questions, get support and ask and offer things that foster kids all over the Austin area need. We are so grateful to foster village!
We have been foster parents for almost 4 years, and Foster Village has walked beside us the whole time providing an integral service to us and so many others. We don't know what we would do without Foster Village!!
When our family received an emergency placement on short notice we quickly realized how under equipped we were to care for an infant. We needed bottles, formula, diapers and so much more. We also needed a car seat to go anywhere. Fortunately, Foster Village jumped to action and helped provide us with a custom tailored care package of essentials. Their thoughtfulness and attentiveness was beyond impressive. As time has gone by and we’ve fostered more children, we’ve always been impressed the countless resources and guidance Foster Village has offered.
They are truly the guardians of our community’s most vulnerable and precious gifts.
Received emergency placement for a 7mth old. At that time we were only set up to foster kids ages 2 to 10. I reached out about 3am on an Saturday morning and received a response by 8am asking if i could come and meet at the Dripping Springs Ctr. They helped me with bedding clothes and milk for the child. Thank you and many blessings to you for your great work.
I interned at Foster Village this summer, which helped me get to know and understand what their organization is all about. Foster Village does their absolute best to provide foster families and the kids with any needs that they may have. They do not hold back, their main goals are to help, provide, and make sure that everyone feels welcomed and safe. Not only do they provide supplies for local children in foster care, but they also provide an amazing support system for the children and foster parents.
Foster Village goes above and beyond in their support to foster families, kinship families, and reunifying families! After welcoming a placement of three kids into our home in the middle of the night, Foster Village was on our doorstep the next day with clothes, car seats, backpacks, toys, and support! Time and time again, they helped meet the basic needs of kids in our home and provided support to us as caregivers. It takes a village to care for our communities most vulnerable children and Foster Village is on the front lines doing so! My family and I are forever marked by the support that Foster Village has given us as they continue to equip, connect, and advocate families and children!
I have had the privilege of interning at Foster Village this past summer. In my time here I have seen how close-knit this Village really is. From the staff to the foster parents themselves, everyone is so kind and welcoming. They are so quick to lend a helping hand when a child or family is in need! Foster Village is not only a fantastic resource for foster families' physical needs, but a holistic support with a fun, caring community! My experience here has really opened my eyes to the foster system and has shown me how much a community can accomplish when they work together!
I have been working with Foster Village throughout the summer, and it is the most rewarding job I have had. Foster Village really gives all-around help to families and kids who need support, whether it be in the form of material things like clothes or less concrete things like emotional support in hard times. Foster Village has really accomplished their goal of making a "village" of support for families- not only does the organization give all the help it can, but families who have met through Foster Village look out for each other and provide love and extra help when needed. Seeing the love every family has for the children in their care is deeply inspiring, and I hope everyone can get a chance to work with or benefit from an organization like Foster Village.
It's hard to explain the difference that Foster Village has made in my life and in the lives of the children and families I work with. I am a single mom to infants and toddlers in foster care, and every child I have cared for has had individual needs, as all kids do. Foster Village has provided material support for every one of my children - everything from diapers to toys to winter clothes to an Owlet monitor for a newborn with respiratory issues. They are a godsend. More than the stuff, Foster Village and Chrystal Smith have been there for me through thick and thin, providing support, connecting me to other foster parents, and listening when things are crazy. Fostering is the hardest thing I have ever done, and I am so grateful that Foster Village is in this with me. Most of all, I think Foster Village uniquely understands and supports the WHOLE family - the foster family, relatives, and biological family, and understands the tensions and complexities of doing that. It is not "us vs. them" to Foster Village. These children and families are connected to us, and we are connected to them. The best outcomes for everyone happen when we realize there is no enemy, and the healing power of love. Foster Village exemplifies that.
Foster Village is an incredible and irreplaceable resource for the foster community. As a case manager for a child placing agency, I feel that being a foster parent is possibly the hardest and most selfless job one could take on. Often I would walk into a home of individuals that were accepting their very first placement, and while they were trying to remain calm and make the child(ren) feel safe and welcome, there would be fear in their eyes as they felt unprepared or unequipped. To be able to provide them with the resource that Foster Village, however, was one of the best blessings I could give. Foster Village meets immediate needs with clothing, furniture, or any other equipment as soon as they could possibly can. On top of that, they offer community through parent meet ups and other similar gathering. Foster Village is an incredible blessing to the foster community and I could not recommend them more.
After working as an intern for Foster Village this past summer, I have witnessed the abundance of support they pour out on a daily basis to the community. Foster Village truly lives by their mission to come along side children and families in the welfare system to be their stability and equip them with whatever they may need. I am beyond grateful to have been able to be apart of this team during my summer and see first hand everything they do to help be a village for the people. Thank You Foster Village!
Foster Village came alongside us over and over again during our foster care journey. Every time we got a new placement, they were there the same or next day with bags full of everything we needed. They also do an amazing job of connecting foster families together to walk through this difficult role together. We are so thankful for the Foster Village team!
Foster Village went above and beyond to support my family during our foster care experience. We got connected through Parents Night Out then learned of the many services they provide to foster families, kinship caregivers, and biological parents: Family Gatherings, emergency placement resourcing (i.e. cribs, car seats, clothes, diapers, etc. for kids who were removed from their homes and came to us in the middle of the night), connection with other foster families, emotional support, and so much more. We were able to continue fostering in large part due to the holistic support provided to us by Foster Village, and I will forever be thankful for the work they do to honor and dignify every member of the foster care system!
Foster Village is really and truly on the front lines of foster care. They know what it’s like to create community during those times of need and they are always available to provide the tangible items as well as support to new and seasoned foster parents. I always recommend then to friends that are just entering the world of fostering.