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.