Session 1: Foster Care & the Church 101

What can happen when the church steps into the foster care system? In less than 10 short minutes, this first powerful Foster Movement U session lays the foundation for the importance of church engagement in foster care. This session and the accompanying resources below will help your team and other key players begin to get on the same page as you explore building church-based foster care movement right where you live.
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FMU Session 1

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Video: Foster Care and the Church

Shawn Welcome Clip

Pr. Robert Gelinas Clip 1

Jedd Medefind Clip 1

Pr. Robert Gelinas Clip 2

Session 2: Finding Your Fit in Foster Care

When people think about getting involved in foster care, the first things that often come to mind are foster parenting and adoption. To be sure, these are two important pieces of the foster care puzzle. But, what are some of the other pieces and how can God use your unique gifts and experiences in some of these vital areas? This session is designed to help you understand multiple pieces of the foster care puzzle and evaluate exactly where you might fit.
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FMU Session 2

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Video: Finding Your Piece of the Foster Care Puzzle

E-Booklet: Find Your Fit in Foster Care

Shawn Welcome Clip

Pr. Robert Gelinas Clip 1

Jedd Medefind Clip 1

Pr. Robert Gelinas Clip 2

Session 3: Helping Child Welfare Professionals

Social Workers have a hard job. In fact, front line social worker turnover rates are as high as 25% and worker turnover has been linked to poor outcomes for children in foster care. One impact study done on a local child welfare office in Milwaukee County found that children who had only one case worker achieved permanency 74.5% of the time. If they had two caseworkers that number dropped to 17.5%. In cases where children had six or seven case managers, their permanency rate was 0.1%. While we can't fix all of the complex issues involved, there is something very tangible your church can do. This session explores your church's relationship with local child welfare professionals and provides practical ways to strengthen it.
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FMU Session 3

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How to H.E.L.P. Child Welfare Professionals in Your Community Video

E-Booklet: How to Help Child Welfare Professionals in Your Community

H.E.L.P. Notecards for Child Welfare Professionals

“They Notice Us” Clip

Sharen Ford Clip 1

Mandy Litzke Clip

Session 4: Church & State Partnership

More and more churches around the country are awakening to the needs of children and families involved in the foster care system. One of the most important elements of church involvement in foster care is developing and maintaining a positive and productive relationship with local and state child welfare offices. In this session, you will explore the importance of this relationship and come away with key insights and tools that will help you to develop the kind of relationship with government that can make a world of difference in the lives of children and families.
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FMU Session 4

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The Church and State as Partners in Foster Care Video

E-Booklet: Church & State Partnerships in Foster Care: 6 Places Where it’s Working

Jedd Medefind Clip 2

Session 5: Prayer & the Foster Care Movement

Foster care movement in a local community is a spiritual movement. Like any spiritual movement in history, it happens as a result of God responding to the prayers of His people coming together in unity. This session will help you and others in your community explore together the role prayer plays in foster care movement building and help you to begin to build the kind of foundation of prayer that can change lives and your entire community.
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FMU Session 5

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Video: Fostering Movement on a Foundation of Prayer

Prayers that Changed History

E-Booklet: The Foster Care Prayer Guide

Session 6: Principles of Building a Foster Care Movement

You have seen first-hand the impact one person can make in the life of one child. But now you are longing to help others in your church and community begin to provide more than enough for ALL of the children and families where you live. This session provides 4 very practical principles of starting and growing a local foster care movement and provides the tools to begin implementing them.
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FMU Session 6

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Video: 4 Principles of Moving Barns (and Building Foster Care Movements)

Children’s Book: Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn

Session 7: Partnering with Political Leaders on Behalf of Kids in Foster Care:

Your work in foster care advocacy will eventually lead to opportunities to speak to those in government with power and influence. This may be at a county, state, or even national level. For some, this is very intimidating and for others it is exciting. In either case, the Bible provides a lot of amazing insight into how we should think about these encounters and how we should handle them in order make the biggest difference for kids and families. This session provides these insights and the practical tools necessary to prepare yourself for those opportunities.
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FMU Session 7

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How to Talk to People in Charge: Video

E-Booklet: For Such a Time as This: A Biblical Survey

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