Fifty children currently make up our foster care family. Boys. Girls. Preschool to high school and most grades in between. Singers. Scientists. Artists. Athletes. Inquisitive, courageous, fun and funny kids. They have favorite colors, foods, books, games and more. These kids will surprise you and impress you.

Emily Engman, LSW, wrote in a recent blog post, “These children may be in foster care, but that is a situation they are experiencing, it doesn’t define who they are or who they will become.”

You have the opportunity to shape who they will become. To build goodness and kindness into their lives. To give them opportunities to grow and try new things. To help them experience their worth in Christ.

Encourage recently launched a mentorship program, “A Friend in Fostering,” with the goal of connecting enthusiastic, dedicated, caring adult members from our community with youth in foster care who need encouragement and support through the various transitions in their lives. As a mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to instill confidence and cultivate independence in these young lives as well as help them develop everyday life skills they need to be successful.

We invite you to consider becoming a mentor with Encourage. We’ve created a welcome packet that explains more about the Friend in Fostering program.

For additional information, please contact Heather Huebner, Recruitment and Engagement Specialist at huebnerh@ccho.org or 330.462.1118.