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Two-year-old Braylin, along with his mother Evette Banks, smiles for the crowd after Judge James Cissell made his adoption legal during a mass adoption ceremony on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
Crossroads Church has teamed up with Lighthouse Youth Services and the Coalition of Care the past three years to reach out to potential foster parents and the group has recently announced a plan to grow the local partnership.
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CINCINNATI – Crossroads Church has teamed up with Lighthouse Youth Services and the Coalition of Care the past three years to reach out to potential foster parents and the group has recently announced a plan to grow the local partnership.
The new collaboration with include Beech Acres Parenting Center and Focus on Youth. The desired outcome is to increase the potential for placing foster children.
“Three years ago we launched the idea of inviting a foster agency onto a church campus to host training, and the results were good,” says Chris Combs, executive director of the Coalition of Care. “This new effort is a collaborative next step, with multiple agencies working together to train on the church campus. As a result, more families welcome more children into their homes, and everybody wins.”
Three information sessions will be held for prospective foster parents:
Sunday, Jan. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Crossroads Mason
Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Crossroads Oakley
Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Oakley
Anyone who has ever thought about becoming a foster parent is encouraged to attend to learn more before starting the training in February.
“All of us who serve the children of this community are committed to working together to put their needs above all else, which is why we’re very pleased to partner with the faith community and other well-respected foster care agencies to train more foster parents and place children in safe, loving foster homes,” said Bob Mecum, president & CEO of Lighthouse Youth Services.
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Hamilton County has a serious shortage of foster parent’s and the collaboration is hoping to change that. At any given time, there are approximately 850 kids in the foster care system in Hamilton County.
“We have learned over the years that strong foster families are vital to the healing and strengthening of children and birth families who experience foster care,” said Cindy Skinner, executive director of Focus on Family, Inc. “We are excited about this collaboration with the Coalition of Care to recruit and train church and other community members to provide much needed services to youth – the need is great and the church is a great resource,” she said.
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