Foster and Adoption Ministry

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 vision is to find qualified, loving families for all 900 children in Kansas foster care who need a forever family, while wrapping our arms in support around those families who are serving as foster or foster-adopt parents.

Upcoming Foster/Adopt Events

There are a variety of ways to get involved with our foster/adopt ministry.

A Child's Hope News

To receive our periodic newsletters and learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, sign up here. Select Leawood campus and then A Child's Hope Newsletter from the drop down box.

Community Resources

You can find out more about our local community advocates and partners at the websites below.

Kansas

Foster Care Agencies - Resource families in Kansas must be licensed through one of these agencies. All of these agencies sponsor MAPP trainings, a free course required for foster parents and/or foster-to-adopt parents in Kansas. This course is offered various ways--sometimes once a week for 10 weeks or over two non-consecutive weekends.

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 - Wichita State University’s Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP program provides educational resources to help middle and high school students succeed.  We work to increase the number of students in foster care who graduate from high school fully prepared for enrollment in post-secondary education.  Services offered are mentoring, college preparation and financial aid counseling.

Information on children available for adoption in Kansas www.adoptkskids.org

Missouri

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.

FosterAdopt Connect, formerly 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:

  • Education
  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Foster Care & Adoption
  • Youth Support
  • Family Support
  • Community Training Opportunities.

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.

Mentoring and Child Advocate Opportunities

Youthrive - Youthrive is designed to empower young people as they transition to adulthood from foster care, by matching them with adult mentors who have a heart for helping young people reach their full potential. Additionally they support the youth with financial learning classes, support groups, and matched savings accounts. Youthrive needs adult and family volunteers to service as support families for these youth aging out of foster care.”

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.

CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties - www.casajwc.org

Other Resources

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

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