On The Grid: Tier 1 – Foster Care
Perhaps the biggest misconception about the foster care system: I have to be a foster parent to engage in the child welfare system.
This misconception has emerged because of the lack of awareness: there are simply ineffective means to communicate the wide spectrum of needs of those already engaged with the system. Social workers are at a loss, for the pool of resources offered by non-profits and other agencies are constrained and highly competitive. There are those who wish to serve as foster parents but lack the finances to prepare the home. Once foster parenting begins, other needs are identified, leaving foster parents scrambling to find alternative solutions to caring for the child, sometimes at the risk of a child transition if needs cannot be met. What’s to be done?
The Care Portal seeks to offer the awareness and opportunity for engagement that has been veiled from the eyes of the church. There are a number of alternatives to helping those in foster care system without actually serving as a caregiver: Tier 1 – Foster Care is designed to address those needs. If this box on The Grid had to be given a name, it would be called Foster Care Reinforcement.