Human Services

Fostering Hope Foundation

Quick Facts

aka Fostering Hope Program

Colorado Spgs, CO

Mission

To provide assistance to foster families by organizing church based support teams

Ruling Year

1946

Executive Director

Angela Carron MD

Main Address

3055 Sunnybrook Ln

Colorado Spgs, CO 80904 USA

Keywords

Foster

EIN

26-1991807

 Number

6821612723

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Most foster teens age-out of foster care at age 18 with few skills and little direction. Fewer than 20% will complete school and most will have difficulty holding a job. National statistics show that up to 1/3 of the homeless and 1/2 of the incarcerated were once such foster children. There are approximately 70 foster teens that will reach emancipation in El Paso County over the next four years. Most of the 70 have experienced severe trauma that has negatively impacted their ability to trust and relate to adults, to achieve in school, to maintain employment and live a purposive lifestyle. Without intervention there is high probability that they too will become homeless or will be incarcerated.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Foster Family Support Teams

Fostering Adulthood

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fostering Hope uses the customary foster care measures:Safety--Protected from abusePermanence--Long term relationship with caring, reliable adultsWell being--Thriving developmentally

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

The safety metric is reportable incidents of negligence or abuse of a youngster by adults or other children. Our staff and volunteers are mandated reporters who, by law must report any observed abuse.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The mission of Fostering Hope is to assist, support and affirm foster parents in their care for neglected and abused children and to assist foster youth to achieve sustained independence. Our goal is to improve the foster care experience and thereby the probability of better outcomes for foster children with histories of abuse and trauma by assisting foster parents to provide stable and enriched environments for them while in their formative years and by assisting them to better integrate into the community when they leave foster care.

The first step in our strategy is to surround each foster family with a team of volunteers who will function as an extended family to the foster family and will remain with them for the long term. The teams directly engage with the parents by shouldering some of their burden in practical and meaningful ways in order to lessen stress while providing formative developmental experiences for the children they care for. Support teams typically:

• Assist with household maintenance and meals.
• Help transport children to appointments and family visitations.
• Tutor children and help with their involvement in athletic and recreational activities.
• Help children build relationships and connections within civic and faith communities.
• Become an emotional support system for the foster parents.

Selected from faith communities, the volunteers are chosen because of their caring, loving nature and their willingness to serve as needed by the foster parent.

Secondly, when ready, we place youngsters in a work acculturation program run by another agency in the community and then into a work internship with local small businesses that permit us to train those supervising our youngsters in the workplace.

Thirdly, as the youngsters begin to emancipate, they enter the newest segment of our program—a support system for independent living that will be available to them into their late 20's. The system tracks the youngsters and when requested, provides assistance with transportation, work, housing, and life skills. Most importantly it provides ongoing opportunity to develop relationships with concerned adults from the community that are desirous of participating in the lives of these youngsters

All the personnel, staff and volunteers, have been fully screened and trained to relate in a trauma sensitive manner with the youngsters

Program--We have developed a network of 25+ faith communities who support our mission. From them, we attract approximately 225 volunteers, enabling us to field approximately forty teams a year. Our volunteers persist and most are with us for multiple years. The forty foster families are currently caring for 125+ children. We also have 15+ small businesses that provide internships and job opportunities for our youngsters. We have collaborative relationships with many of the adolescent/young adult service organizations in the community. Foundations and the local community have provided the resources that have enabled us to launch and develop all of the required elements of the Fostering Hope Program.

As yet we have not been able to attract sufficient resources (primarily funds) to grow to the capacity to fully meet the community's need. That will require an addition of two coordinators to our current staff.

Development—Intense competition for philanthropic funds and involvement exist in the community. Additional resources may be required in the future.

Administration, Facility, and Management--All are currently able to accommodate future growth.

For the children in our foster homes, our indicators are safety, permanence, and well-being.
Safety—measured by the report or observation of any incident of neglect, abuse, or molestation of a child residing in any foster home participating in the Fostering Hope Program during the past twelve years.
Permanence---measured by:
(a) Reduction in foster parent burnout—Enabling stable and more lengthy relationship of child with foster parent.
(b) disruptions in placement. Disruptions impair the ability of the foster parent and our volunteers to bond with the child.
(c) adoptions of children by the foster parents and comparison of Fostering Hope adoption rates to base rate for El Paso County DHS.
(d) maintenance of relationship with foster parent once emancipated.
(e) building of strong relationship with at least three peers post emancipation.
(f) building of at least three strong relationships with vetted adults in the civic community who will help with life/maturation issues.
Well-being---measured by monthly reports of observed behavioral changes with respect to:
(a) stabilization—following household routines, decreased tantrums, improved self-control, etc.
(b) enrichment—improved school performance, interest in “new" activities.
(c ) connections—Enhanced socialization and bonding with volunteers, reaching beyond the household to establish relationships at school, with other foster children, work supervisors and co-workers, etc.
For our young adults who have emancipated, our measures are stability and achievement of economic independence and social interdependence.
Maturity---increasing consistency between verbal and actual behavior, increased self-control, keeping promises, maintaining trust, improved self-management of trauma symptomatology.
Economic independence---able to succeed in work internship, minimum wage jobs; able to advance to more responsible positions with higher salary; able to eventually identify talent and interests and begin to formulate a career plan; able to engage in development opportunities to improve future possibilities.
Social interdependence---Fostering Hope has slowly built a community of donors, volunteers, employers and faith communities that have developed increasing concern about El Paso County's foster children. These youngsters' success is contingent on their ability to develop honest, reciprocal, relationships of integrity with them. We measure their achievement by tracking these relationships and changes in the quality and frequency of them.

In twelve years of operation we have been able to engage the broader community to help us implement a model for supporting foster families and improving the quality of care experienced by their foster children. The program relies on a familial model in which sustained, loving relationships are the essential ingredient for the children's healing. Carefully selected, trained and supported teams of volunteers from faith communities function as an extended family for each foster family. The volunteers develop and maintain the critical and long-lasting relationships with the parents and children. The model has also drawn heavily on the neurosciences and on practices concerning trauma sensitive care.

In twelve years of operation we have solicited and trained 645 volunteers forming 63 teams who have served 115 foster families with a total of 645 children. The build-up has been gradual and driven both by the need and the funds available to provide teams.
The operation enjoys widespread support within the foster care system, the faith communities and the businesses that are engaged with our employment efforts.

More recently we have begun to build a support system for the post emancipated young adults. Our foster parents are aware of their need for support but are limited in their ability to respond. At this point the program is working with approximately 30 young adults who have either emancipated or will be doing so over the next 2 years. We have the capability to assist with transportation including both bikes and cars, with the opportunity to meet and build relationships with adults who are ready to befriend and mentor them; with employment opportunities through our work internship program. We hope to have a transitional housing arrangement operating by fall of 2018

What's next?
1. Build up the additional capacity identified above, to fully meet the need in El Paso County.
2. Conduct an independent program evaluation
3. Explore becoming a demonstration site.

External Reviews

Financials

Fostering Hope Foundation

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No