23,507
Children in Foster Care
and only
9,202
Foster Homes
These are the numbers of a national foster care crisis in Florida. Of the families who will say “yes” to opening their homes to vulnerable children, about 50% will end up closing their doors within the first year.

Foster the Family imagines a foster care system where the families welcoming children are surrounded and supported by the church and community surrounding them and where foster homes become places of belonging and healing for vulnerable children.



Immediately after welcoming a child into the home, Foster the Family delivers practical necessities to the doorstep of the home. Our FosterCare Packages include everything a child needs–from new clothing and pajamas and school supplies to formula and diapers and comfort items. Foster the Family believes children are precious to God and should be welcomed into homes with dignity and belonging. 



The FosterCare Package serves as an invitation into our community of caring support. Parents are welcomed to monthly support groups and trainings. Children are served at Respite Events and special events. Foster the Family believes that parents should be supported and helped–from the first vulnerable moments of welcoming a child, throughout the placement, and beyond.

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Foster the Family imagines a foster care system where the families welcoming children are surrounded and supported by the church and community surrounding them and where foster homes become places of belonging and healing for vulnerable children.



Immediately after welcoming a child into the home, Foster the Family delivers practical necessities to the doorstep of the home. Our FosterCare Packages include everything a child needs–from new clothing and pajamas and school supplies to formula and diapers and comfort items. Foster the Family believes children are precious to God and should be welcomed into homes with dignity and belonging. 



The FosterCare Package serves as an invitation into our community of caring support. Parents are welcomed to monthly support groups and trainings. Children are served at respite nights and special events. Foster the Family believes that parents should be supported and helped–from the first vulnerable moments of welcoming a child, throughout the placement, and beyond.

How we support

Providing immediate, emergency support and ongoing holistic care families in

SARASOTA COUNTY, DESOTO COUNTY, AND MANATEE COUNTY
1604 17th St W Bradenton, FL 34205

SUPPORT GROUPS

Palmetto Support Group
Third Thursday  of the month
7:00pm
Azinger Compassion Center
3478 Bouwer Court, Palmetto, FL 34221
Leader: Kimberlee Peralta
Contact: kim.peralta@fosterthefamily.org
Venice Support Group
First Thursday of the month
7:00pm
Lift Church
695 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285
Leader: Myrna Stoltzfus
Contact: fantasticforecast@gmail.com
Childcare provided NB - 10⬩Please contact to register
WHAT TO EXPECT

We will watch a 10-15 minute video with a word of encouragement and education and then break into discussion groups of about 8-10 people. The goal is for you to leave feeling equipped, connected, and supported as you love and care for the children in your home.

We offer childcare during our support groups led by a team trauma-trained childcare workers who will provide fun and engaging activities for your children during your time at support group.

*Registration closes three days before each support group to ensure we have enough volunteers to care for your children.

upcoming events

Family fun day
Join us for horses, outdoor games, and free food!
June 15th  - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Bethany Restoration Ranch
5101 Verna Bethany Road, Myakka City, FL 34251
Registration Full
Dad's gathering
join us in july for free breakfast
July 20th - 9:00am - 11:00am
The Great Commission Cafe @ Calvary Chapel Sarasota
3800 27th Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34235
No registration needed... We want to see you there!
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