A Child's Hope ministry offers volunteers an opportunity to work with children and teens in foster care through a variety of programs that support foster children, foster care parents and adoption.
Our mission is to support foster and forever families and share Christ's love with children and teens in foster care.
A Child's Hope ministry is not affiliated with any national organization and is solely a ministry of The Church of the Resurrection. Please check out the other pages to learn more about the opportunities.
For questions about A Child's Hope Overview contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
For Kansas residents, anyone interested in adopting/fostering a child or providing respite for a foster/adoptive child must complete a 10-week certification course known as MAPP (Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting).
This free ten-week course, led by certified professionals and experienced foster parents, is comprised of weekly three-hour meetings with some homework assignments. One or both of the leaders will also visit you and your family in your home for a minimum of two home consultations. MAPP is a model program with 15 tools designed to help prospective adoptive/foster parents understand the difference between the desire to help and making the commitment to bring children into their home. Leaders inform participants about the child welfare system and the role of foster parents, help them develop the necessary skills to become a successful foster/adoptive parent and assess families to determine if they are a positive fit to fill the role of a foster parent.
You can be married or single, need to be 21 years or older, do not have to own your own home and must pass a background check. If you are married, your spouse must attend with you. Certification does not expire.
By taking MAPP training you may license through any Kansas agency.
MAPP courses may take place at Resurrection, but to get a complete Kansas training schedule, we recommend you contact KVC Behavioral Health Services at 913-499-8100.
Missouri residents must complete a similar course called STARS. For more information , we recommend you contact Shelia Rancatore, Program Manager for Cornerstones of Care at 816-508-6248.
Please review the upcoming events on our calendar for the next training session.
For questions about How to Become a Foster/Adoptive Parent contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
A Child’s Hope, Church of the Resurrection’s foster/adopt ministry provides a free respite event for foster and adoptive families. Kids will be grouped by age and enjoy rotating through stations with variety of activities, games, crafts, lunch and a movie under the care of a team of volunteers from Resurrection’s foster/adopt ministry.
Past activities have included a petting zoo, visit from Kansas City’s own traveling zoo and an indoor inflatable obstacle course.
Drop off and pick up at the Student Center in Building C, Leawood Campus.
Family Registration is open for February 3, 2018
Family Registration is open for April 7, 2018.
For questions about A Child's Hope Respite Events contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
We have several Mentor Opportunities.
Develop a meaningful, healthy, one-on-one relationship with a youth at one of our three residential treatment facilities. Mentors are encouraged to visit the youth they are paired with regularly to provide consistent and reliable support. Common mentor/mentee activities include playing board or video games, playing outside or in the gym, and doing arts/crafts.
Mentors must be 21 years of age, submit to a background check and drug screen, attend orientation/training, as well as make a six-month commitment. Sign up by emailing Leah Kent or calling (816) 508-3544.
Volunteers must be Safe Gatherings certified.
YOUTTHRIVE assists young adults aging out of foster care in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. YOUTHRIVE asks for a one to two year commitment to working with the young adult on goals to help with their future and providing relational support. Applicants must be age 25 and up. For more information about the Support Family Model click here or Contact Jackie Hodson with questions.
Ready to dive in? YOUTHRIVE is hosting a Support Family Training event January 13, 2018 from 9am-3pm at Pathway Community Church at 15885 S Blackbob Road, Olathe.
This event provides an opportunity for you to interact with teens as they gain important job hunting skills. For more information contact MJ Muchow.
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For questions about Be A Mentor contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
You can find out more about our local community advocates and partners at the websites below. You can also subscribe to our email newsletter to receive our updates in your inbox.
Foster Care Agencies - Resource families in Kansas must be licensed through one of these agencies. All of these agencies sponsor MAPP trainings, a free 10-week course required for foster parents and/or foster-to-adopt parents in Kansas.
Children’s Alliance - This is a very helpful website for on-line trainings that are required to maintain your license and other support for KS foster parents. There are also links to all of the KS Foster Care Agencies
Kansas Foster and Adoptive Parent Association - This is a foster parent support group. They also operate a resource center where foster parents can pick up clothing and other items needed for their kiddos
Kansas Gear Up - Gear Up offers educational support including scholarship opportunities for Kansas foster kids. It is run via Wichita State University, but their scholarship can be used at any State-sponsored post-secondary educational school, i.e. tech schools, community colleges, and 4-year colleges in Kansas)
Information on children available for adoption in Kansas www.adoptkskids.org
Missouri is not privatized like Kansas. Children are placed directly from the State of Missouri Division of Family Services. Visit moheartgallery.org for general information on the foster care and the adoption process in Missouri.
Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (MFCAA) - This organization is a great resource for Missouri foster parents in regards to the MO-required training program STARS and information on fostering in Missouri. They also offer metro-wide foster parent support for KS and MO foster parents, including a resource center for clothing.
Cornerstones of Care - This behavioral healthcare organization is certified in trauma-informed care. Providing prevention, treatment and support services to help more than 10,000 children and families each year, they specialize in six key service areas:
YES Program - The YES (Youth Educational Success) Program is part of Cornerstones of Care. The goal of this program is to help foster youth in MO attend college or vocational school. The YES program is seeking life coaches/mentors, tutors for the youth, and transportation volunteers – more information can be found on their website.
Crittenton Children’s Center - Crittenton Children's Center offers a range of services including psychiatric hospital programs for young children and adolescents, and residential treatment for adolescent girls and boys. They also offer foster care and adoption services.
Synergy Services - Synergy provides a full continuum of care to assist individuals and families with immediate respite from violence, and services which empower clients to find and choose good options for future safety and success. They provide supportive services to families in crisis in an effort to prevent violence. Their programs include crisis hotlines, emergency shelter, transitional housing, therapeutic services, advocacy, mentoring and violence prevention programs throughout Greater Kansas City.
Stepping Stones - Kansas City Steppingstone is a transitional living program working with young people ages 16-21 that helps them transition safely and successfully into independence. The program is based on positive youth development strategies and provides housing, employment services, education counseling, life skills training, and permanency planning. Part of the Steppingstone program is safe, stable housing accommodations in either campus or community apartments. Steppingstone offers life skills training to help youth find work, with the end goal being self-sufficiency. The program helps youth create an education and career plan, develop work readiness skills, learn how to apply for jobs, dress for interviews, etc.
YOUThrive - YOUTHRIVE is a new nonprofit organization that is focused on empowering and supporting our foster youth as they transition to adulthood. The organization was established in July 2015 after the founding team and its community partners agreed that the best opportunity for sustainable and scalable impact was to form a new organization that is intently focused on meeting the wants and needs of this specific population of young people. Their vision is to see all youth become adults that thrive in their community. They are currently recruiting Support Families.
YES Program - The YES (Youth Educational Success) Program is part of Cornerstones of Care. The goal of this program is to help foster youth in MO attend college or vocational school. The YES program is seeking life coaches/mentors, tutors for the youth, and transportation volunteers – more information can be found on their webpage.
Gillis Boys Home - Develop a meaningful, healthy, one-on-one relationship with a youth at one of our three residential treatment facilities. Mentors are encouraged to visit the youth they are paired with regularly to provide consistent and reliable support.
Family Conservancy - Resource for summer camp info and childcare providers who take the DCF reimbursement
Kansas City YMCA - The YMCA offers summer day camp and after-school programs at selected schools that is covered by the DCF childcare stipend
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224
24000 W. Valley Parkway
Olathe, KS 66061
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Kansas City, MO 64108
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