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A team, much like extended family, of 4-8 committed volunteers who support and serve a foster family and their foster children. This team provides regular and ongoing practical help such as meals, tutoring, childcare, laundry, yard work, etc.
A volunteer who acts as a liaison, communicating the needs of the foster family to the rest of the Care Community.
Usually four people who provide a meal once a month, ensuring the family receives a meal once a week. Ideally these would be provided on the same night each week. Family helpers can do other tasks that line up with their skills and the needs of the family such as lawn maintenance, running errands, etc.
At least two people who will offer childcare 1-2 times per month for a date night or important appointments. (Child Mentors are not expected to provide daycare or all-day childcare on a regular basis.)
An interim caregiver, after building a relationship with the family and child, commits to providing periodic overnight care for the child. This involves fingerprinting and approval through the local DCS office.
How can my church get engaged?
Select someone from your church to be the Care Community Coordinator. They will need to attend a 6 hour “clinic” to learn how to implement Care Communities in your church. Hands of Hope hosts these clinics multiple times a year.