The Mentoring and Outreach Program
Sibling House is dedicated not only to providing a haven for children, but also to raising the public awareness of, and to help contribute to the education of, the general public about foster care and the entire foster care system. This includes identifying, and providing support, through our Mentoring and Outreach Program to other foster homes that provide care to siblings in foster care, essentially, more “Sibling House(s)”. Typically, 40% of foster parents quit the program during the first year. The primary reasons are the financial burden, and frustration at working with the system. Sibling House can assist in these areas as well as many others. Providing food, clothing, furnishings, access to enrichment programs, and even passing on vehicles that have been donated to Sibling House can help to lessen the financial impact of providing care to foster children.
The combined experience of the founders of Sibling House, and veteran foster parents from the Sibling House Network, can assist both new foster parents, as well as foster parents willing to take sibling groups. By sharing our knowledge, perseverance, and access to other resources, we can help to alleviate many of the fears, frustrations, and feelings of “no one knows what I’m going through”. Often knowing that there is a source that can appreciate the challenges of foster care, and offer concrete, working, solutions to those challenges, will help foster families to thrive and grow. The end result is more families remain in the system and available to children in foster care.
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