In partnership with Watch Me Rise, Fostering Faith is a small group Bible study designed to connect those who are currently in or have spent time in foster care. Former foster youth, Trent Taylor, found true healing in God and felt called to help others do the same. Trent leads the Fostering Faith groups that take place both virtually or in person, providing a safe and nurturing space for those at any stage in their walk with the Lord. If you are interested in more information or feel ready to join a group, please email Trent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are often told, when someone grows up in care they do not have the same normalcy as their peers, such as not being allowed to have sleepovers without background checks, being moved from foster care placements, community, friends, schools and environments. This sprouted the idea of bringing these individuals together to have a retreat to build community and build A CHOSEN FAMILY.
We hosted our first pilot retreat during the summer of 2021, where 18 foster alumni between the ages of 18 and 35 came together, to worship, heal, and build both peer and mentor relationships, create new healthy traditions, and have FUN.
The ALL-IN 2021 retreat was a huge success leading the individuals to next steps of success for themselves and to help others.
Fostering World Changers
In 2022, we are bringing together 60 young men and women that have experienced foster care to participate in our Fostering World Changers Retreat. AIFF is committed to wrapping around alumni to equip them with necessary tools to be successful as they transition into adulthood. This includes building community and CHOSEN Family in a positive atmosphere. During the retreat foster care alumni have the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops focused on; spiritual growth, mental health, financial literacy, trauma into triumph, and a call to action to impact positive change in the system. These efforts will ultimately amplify the importance of the alumni voice by reimagining and strengthening the child welfare infrastructure for ALL Children and ALL Families for generations to come.
More often than not, young men coming out of foster care have not experienced a positive father or male role model in their life. Their desire is to break the chains of generational foster care involvement. It is important to equip them to be successful as fathers, husbands and members of society. The first Men’s Retreat will be held at Spring Valley Ranch in Oklahoma to provide a space to connect young men with lived experience with mentors through educational and informative workshops and multiple outdoor activities. The goal for the Men’s Retreats is to provide a safe environment where male alumni can heal and learn everyday skills that they may not have been exposed to in the foster care system.
ALL IN Fostering Futures hosts a series of virtual workshops throughout the year that amplify the unique needs of young people transitioning out of foster care and how the community can best support these needs.
The topics will range from permanency for older youth, legal representation, career goals, job development, financial literacy, education, spiritual growth, mental health, overcoming addiction, mentorship, and moving from trauma into triumph!
Thriving Futures for Employment
ALL IN Fostering Futures works with educational institutions and the business community to provide scholarships, apprenticeships, and training for young adults with lived experience to promote the opportunities for success in the job market and become fully able to thrive in their daily lives.