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Our organization

Fostering Connections is a local, 501c3, non-profit organization designed to make a positive difference for foster/adoptive families and children in our community. Centered around the verse, James 1:27, calling Christians to look after orphans, Fostering Connections was created to walk alongside foster families as they open their hearts and homes to children in need. Our organization offers faith-based support through training and events that benefit both the child and his/her foster family. Our mission is connecting our community and churches to bless children in foster care.

We all know how tough parenting your biological kids can be. Imagine adding to that! That is why foster families that are doing it long-term need our support. It’s not just their responsibility to help hurting children, but as Christians, it’s ALL of ours. Fostering is hard, but our God is powerful. The more people that get involved, the more children’s lives are being changed! Hearts are healing! Futures are brightening!

What We Do

Family centered initiatives:

Moms’ Coffee Nights

We provide foster and adoptive moms with fellowship and adult interaction while childcare is provided. 

Foster Parent Retreats

We honor foster parents with dinner or lunch, offer faith-based support and training, and provide fellowship for parents, all while child care is provided.

Free Family Fun Events

We partner with local businesses to provide the whole family with a fun (and free) experience and opportunity to make memories. Experiences have included bowling, mini golf, swimming, skating, the pumpkin patch, and more!

Caring Closet

We are excited to partner together with Pitt Naz Church, Pittsburg, KS to provide a clothing closet for foster, adoptive, respite, and police protective custody families. This will be intended for short term, 3-5 days, to help with a child’s needs upon entering into care until parents are able to get a longer-term supply of clothes and items a child may need. Closet hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Sleep in Safety” Program

Part of a child’s security and positive growth is in having a bed of their own. Through our sleep in safety program, foster families can submit an application on our website to receive a new twin size bed for a new foster placement. 

Home improvement assistance

Foster families occasionally need assistance with minor home improvements in order to become licensed as a foster family, or upon receiving an additional placement. Fixing a window, a stair railing, or adding smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors are small things that Fostering Connections may be able to help with. Families can submit an application on our website to complete the application for home improvement assistance to be reviewed by our board.

Restaurant gift card program

When a new child enters into the foster home it can be an exciting time and also a hectic time adjusting to new changes and dynamics within the family. We want to send a restaurant gift card for a meal on Fostering Connections your first week of receiving a new placement. 

Child centered initiatives:

Teen Shopping Spree

We provide a teen with a gift card for a shopping spree to a local apparel store immediately upon entering into care to purchase a new outfit. Through our community partnerships this is an effort to grow local business as well as build the teen’s confidence as they walk into a new school or environment.

Kids Night Out Events

We partner with a local church or business for children to have a night or day of FUN, while foster/adoptive families get a much needed break.

VIP Kids Bags

We fill bags with both essentials and toys to provide to children upon immediately entering into foster care. These bags are a blessing to many foster children, as they provide the child with things that are their own. Each bag is packed to give the child comfort and a bit of happiness as they enter a new environment.

VIP Kids Birthday Program

We bless children in foster care in Southeast Kansas on their birthday. Each birthday gift includes a gift, a book, restaurant gift card and handwritten note. We serve approximately 30-40 children in care each month through this program. 

Senior program

In May, we receive a list of Seniors who will be graduating from high school. They receive a gift, gift certificate, and handwritten note from Fostering Connections. 

TIE Events (Teen Impact Event)

We host events for teens to teach valuable life skills such as budgeting, cooking, job prep, goal setting and also provide an enjoyable teen-appropriate activity.

Christmas for Kids

We provide Christmas gifts to children in foster care. Children are also able to make and take gifts for their family members at our December event.