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Fostering Faithful Families

Not everyone can commit to all that it takes to be a foster parent to these children. There are numerous ways an individual can provide support to foster parents and the children they lovingly provide care for every day. In the St. Louis area faith-based child welfare agencies are addressing this issue through a program called Fostering Faithful Families. LFCS is proud to be one of the agencies in this coalition and is seeking individuals who can be a liaison within their church. If you can see yourself in this unique, helping role, contact Debbie Schallom at 314-754-2761 or send us an e-mail.

Partners

In order to meet the needs of the children in the custody of the Children’s Division, and their biological, foster and adoptive families, LFCS has joined with PARTNERS in two areas of the state to maximize resources. In response to the performance based contracts issued by the state of Missouri, PARTNERS networks have evolved to formal relationships between agencies, with a common Vision and Mission for Missouri’s children.

PARTNERS is a coalition of private agencies in partnership with the Missouri Children’s Division. Our goal is creating an effective system to serve children and families, increasing opportunities, resources, and support for permanency. Through contracts with PARTNERS agencies, LFCS is providing case management, recruitment, training and assessments for families.

Springfield PARTNERS agencies include Alternative Opportunities, Inc. (A.O., Inc.), and Good Samaritan Boys Ranch providing services to children and families in Southwest Missouri. In Springfield PARTNERS, LFCS is providing recruitment, training and assessments for families, called resource or foster families.

St. Louis PARTNERS agencies are Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, Bringing Families Together, and Our Little Haven. St. Louis PARTNERS provides case management services to children and their families in the counties of St. Charles, Jefferson, and St. Louis in addition to St. Louis City. Have a question? Send us an e-mail!

Think You Are Too Old To Adopt or become a Foster Parent?

Watch Zion’s Story – a video from the Dave Thomas Foundation. The foundation focuses on recruitment of children from the foster care system and older child adoption.